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.”