Hackers declare "nuclear leak" on Israeli Twitter account

JERUSALEM Fri Jul 4, 2014 11:30pm IST

A man types on a computer keyboard in Warsaw in this February 28, 2013 illustration file picture. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Files

A man types on a computer keyboard in Warsaw in this February 28, 2013 illustration file picture.

Credit: Reuters/Kacper Pempel/Files

Related Topics

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Hackers posted a bogus announcement of a rocket strike against Israel's Dimona reactor and a possible nuclear leak on a Twitter account used by the Israeli military, which said on Friday it was combating such cyber attacks.

The English-language account, @IDFSpokesperson, has 252,000 followers and usually scrolls out rapid updates on Israel's various fighting fronts. It was inactive on Friday, however, as a military spokeswoman said "several incorrect tweets" were being investigated by Israeli authorities.

She did not elaborate, but the Walla news site published a snapshot of a tweet that had appeared on the account on Thursday night before being removed. It read: "#WARNING: Possible nuclear leak in the region after 2 rockets hit Dimona nuclear facility."

That referred to a reactor in Israel's southern desert, where it is widely believed to have developed nuclear weapons.

Israeli websites are frequently the target of pro-Palestinian and Syrian hackers and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has encouraged investment in national cybersecurity.

The most recent authorised tweet on @IDFSpokesman promised the military would "combat terror on all fronts including the cyber dimension".

(Writing by Dan Williams; Editing by Jeffrey Heller)

FILED UNDER:
Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

Rising Star

Reuters Showcase

Cybercrime

Cybercrime

Hacker sentenced to 21 months in U.S. prison for $15 mln scheme.  Full Article 

Printed Instruments

Printed Instruments

3D printed instruments make sweet music in Sweden.  Video 

Tweet Debut

Tweet Debut

Britain's Queen Elizabeth sends her first tweet.  Full Article 

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence

Google bolsters artificial intelligence efforts, partners with Oxford.  Full Article 

Fighting For Workers

Fighting For Workers

Ralph Nader urges Apple to reduce buybacks, improve wages - WSJ.  Full Article 

Future Uncertainty

Future Uncertainty

Ericsson flags North America slowdown.  Full Article 

Microsoft Earnings

Microsoft Earnings

Microsoft sales beat Street hopes, cloud profits up.  Full Article 

Looking To Sell

Looking To Sell

HP seeking buyers for corporate-networking business in China - WSJ.  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage