According to a report by The Jerusalem Post, hackers took over a Twitter account operated by the Israeli Defense Forces Spokeperson’s Unit Thursday afternoon.
What resulted on its English-language page likely sent shivers down the spines of those who read a post published at 1:15 p.m.
After a day filled with numerous rocket attacks, the following fabricated warning gave many the impression of being all too real:
“#WARNING: Possible nuclear leak in the region after 2 rockets hit Dimona nuclear facility.”
The IDF soon realized the account had been compromised and, in a statement to the Post, assured the public that it was working to battle such cyber terrorism.
A similar statement appeared on the targeted Twitter account about a half hour after the hoax post.
We apologize for the incorrect tweets Our twitter account was compromised. We will combat terror on all fronts including the cyber dimension
— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) July 3, 2014
In reality, none of the attacks leading up to the social media hack hit anywhere near the research facility referenced in the afternoon tweet.
The Syrian Electronic Army claimed credit for hacking the account and posting the now-deleted warning.
— RT (@RT_com) July 3, 2014
The incident clearly demonstrates the fact that those who wish to destroy Israel – and, by extension, the United States – are not constrained by any particular method of terrorism. Extremists have proven to be quite adept at technological warfare in addition to the show of sheer force and intimidation that has long defined radical terrorism in the region.
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