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Hackers take over Israel army Twitter account
Published Friday 04/07/2014 (updated) 05/07/2014 09:30
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JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Internet hackers briefly took over an Israeli army Twitter account, the military said Friday, posting an alarming message that a nuclear facility had been hit by rocket fire.

Israeli news website Ynet posted a screen shot of what it said was the offending tweet.

"#WARNING: Possible nuclear leak in the region after 2 rockets hit Dimona nuclear facility" in the south of the country, it read.

The army told AFP that "several incorrect tweets were posted" on its English spokesperson's account (@IDFspokesperson) late Thursday, saying the account had been "compromised."

The account posted an apology to followers and had erased any trace of the hackers' false messages by Friday morning.

Internet hacking group the Syrian Electronic Army claimed responsibility, posting a screen shot of the army's Twitter page with at least two of its fake tweets.

"Always via @Official_SEA16 Long live #Palestine" read the other tweet, linking directly to the SEA's official account.

The hacking came as Israel's army gave regular updates on rocket fire from Gaza hitting southern Israel, after a brief uptick in the past week in cross-border exchanges, including airstrikes by Israel.

Israeli warplanes pounded targets inside Gaza on Thursday and militants fired at least 34 rockets into Israel, the army said.

Dozens of Palestinians have been injured and one killed by Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip over the past week.

Material damage was reported in southern Israel from rocket fire.



Ma'an staff contributed to this report
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1 ) Mel / USA
04/07/2014 19:33
Actually that's a pretty stupid &dangerous thing to do,whether by Zionists or anti-Zionists.There's enough misery &tension in Palestine &The Occupied Territories,not to mention Iraeli Jews who've also been systematically scare-mongered by,"Who wants to kill us" indoctrination posters on Kindergarten to high school walls(before they join the military).But,there is TRUTH there,that IAEA/NPT members REALLY must inspect ROGUE-nuclear Dimona to prevent a Fukushima melt-down in the Holy Land.

2 ) Colin Wright / USA
04/07/2014 20:33
'The army told AFP that "several incorrect tweets were posted" on its English spokesperson's account.' Could this be the source of all those silly lies the IDF posts? All this time, we assumed the IDF actually meant to say these things...

3 ) JoeFattal / USA
04/07/2014 21:22
I hate to say it, but i believe that's going to happen one day.

4 ) jv / Canada
05/07/2014 09:04
Good on them. Nobody got hurt but the spot light got turned on the pride of the rouge nuclear state. Israelis have never given a damn about the consequences of actually blowing up other peoples reactors. The world needs to be a lot more concerned about a country armed to the teeth with nuclear weapons that wants to demolish the Dome on the Rock and bring about the end of the world. BTW that isn't a religion that is a cult.

5 ) Anonymous / Hacker
05/07/2014 18:30
I thought the "LONG LIVE PALESTINE" tweet was brilliant.

6 ) Tom / USA
05/07/2014 20:32
The days of the Israeli complacency in the face of their regime's savagery really need to come to an end. As Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel said, "In a democracy some are guilty, but all are responsible."

7 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
06/07/2014 00:28
And didn't somebody hack the Pentagon and Canadian Armed Fordes websites - those two countries are the world's biggest occupiers of stolen native land. And aren't the Yanks the ones with the most nukes who have actually used them on human beings? And Mel, Colin, Joe and JV...aren't your Christian countries the cults who carried out said same illegal occupation that continues to this very day? And you guys preach to us? How embarassing for you!

8 ) Randi / Usa
06/07/2014 08:53
yes but oh what average ordiary fun Mel. really, they see this all the time, good practice..but why?
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