An official Israeli Defense Force twitter account issued a warning of a possible nuclear leak at the country’s research reactor on Thursday. The Tweet was soon deleted while officials reported a security breach and apologized.
The Syrian Electronic Army has apparently taken credit for the hack, tweeting 'Long live Palestine!' via an IDF spokesperson's account.
— Frederic Jacobs (@FredericJacobs) July 3, 2014
In their own twitter account, the hackers said they hacked the “whole ‘Israeli army’ propaganda”, attaching a screenshot to prove their claim.
— SyrianElectronicArmy (@Official_SEA16) July 3, 2014
The security breach was quickly noticed and rogue tweets deleted by the IDF, which confirmed that its account had been hacked and apologized to their followers.
The tweets were deleted within minutes, but not before dozens of people had already retweeted the two hacked messages.
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
A barrage of rockets pounded southern Israel on Thursday. More than ten rockets and mortar shells hit the area in less than an hour, but none came close to the Dimona Nuclear Facility in the Negev Desert, according to Jerusalem Post.
Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza strip have been trading strikes ever since the bodies of 3 missing Israeli teens were found in West Bank last week. Israel vowed to bring the perpetrators of the suspected kidnapping and execution to justice, immediately bombarding dozens of suspected Hamas militant sites and sparking a tit-for-tat rocket campaign.
The Twitter hacking comes just days after the Syrian Electronic Army hacked the IDF’s official blog. On Sunday, the blog was showing a defaced page, with a message written in Arabic. The IDF has not commented on that hacki, according to Cyber News Alerts, who suspects the attack was a spear phishing attack.
— SyrianElectronicArmy (@Official_SEA16) June 28, 2014