In the early hours of Monday Israel’s prominent daily newspaper The Jerusalem Post had its website hacked by what are believed to be “pro-Iranian hackers” who made the intrusion on the occasion of the second anniversary of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commander Qassem Soleimani’s death.
The newspaper’s homepage was replaced by a threatening image depicting Israel’s Dimona nuclear facility being blown up with text posted in both English and Hebrew reading: “We are close to you where you do not think about it.”
The website has since been restored after the hack happened at about 2am Monday (local time). The featured image showed a missile being “fired” from a ring on the hand of the late IRGC Quds force leader, who has assassinated on orders from then President Trump on Jan.3rd, 2020 via drone strike at Baghdad’s international airport.
Iranian officials have also long blamed Israel for being part of the assassination, which was actually belatedly confirmed by Israeli defense officials themselves last month. In December, while speaking about Soleimani’s death in a media interview, Israel’s former military intelligence chief, Maj. Gen. Tamir Heyman described that “Assassinating Soleimani was an achievement, since our main enemy, in my eyes, are the Iranians.”
תקיפת המרכז הישראלי לפיתוח נשק להשמדה המונית במסגרת תרגיל משותף "הנביא הגדול-17"
— IMA Media • ایما مدیا (@imamedia_org) December 25, 2021
The website has since been restored and is functioning properly. Amid the cyber-intrusion JPost editors had acknowledged, “We are aware of the apparent hacking of our website, alongside a direct threat to Israel,” the English-language newspaper stated. “We are working to resolve the issue and thank readers for your patience and understanding.”
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