04 Jul 2014

SEA Hacks Israel Defence Force Twitter Account To Spread False Nuclear Leak Warning

The Syrian Electronic Army hacked the Twitter account of the Israel Defence Force (IDF) and posted fake warnings about nuclear accidents, according to The Register.

Under the official account of the IDF, @IDFSpokesperson, the hacking group posted a message about a "possible nuclear leak in the region after two rockets hit [the] Dimona nuclear facility." The announcement created a brief panic among the account’s 252,000 followers.

On their Twitter account, the SEA posted a screenshot of the IDF’s social media dashboard with their logo and the message “The whole `Israeli army’ propaganda was hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army #SEA #Syria #Palestine.”

The IDF later apologized for the false alarm. “We apologize for the incorrect tweets. Our twitter account was compromised. We will combat terror on all fronts including the cyber dimension.”