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Hacked Israeli Military Twitter Account Declared 'Nuclear Leak'

An Israeli military Twitter account was hacked on Thursday and an erroneous post was published announcing a rocket strike on the country's Dimona reactor.

An unidentified Israeli Defense Forces spokeswoman told Reuters on Friday that "several incorrect tweets" were being probed by Israeli officials.


The English-language Twitter account of @IDFSpokesperson was temporally down on Friday, but was again posting new updates of military actions on Monday.

Though the bogus Twitter post announcing a possible radiation catastrophe at Dimona was erased, other news websites took photos of the tweet before it was deleted. It reads: "#Warning: Possible nuclear leak in the region after 2 rockets hit Dimona nuclear facility."

Located, in the Negev Desert, Israel's Dimona nuclear site is assumed to have played a critical role in the country's development of nuclear weapons. The Israeli government neither confirms nor denies that it possesses such arms.


A Thursday Twitter post from @IDFSpokesperson states: "We apologize for the incorrect tweets Our twitter account was compromised. We will combat terror on all fronts including the cyber dimension."

This article was published in Global Security Newswire, which is produced independently by National Journal Group under contract with the Nuclear Threat Initiative. NTI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan group working to reduce global threats from nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons.