The website of a major Israeli newspaper was targeted by hackers a day before the anniversary of the 2020 murder of a senior Iranian general in a US drone strike.
The attack on the Jerusalem Post website on January 2 replaced the content with an image showing a missile falling from a fist bearing a long ring associated with Qassem Soleimani, the Iranian general killed two years ago in the strike. drone.
The image included an explosive target designed to resemble an Israeli nuclear research facility near the town of Dimona. The center is associated with Israel’s undeclared nuclear weapons program.
The Jerusalem Post acknowledged the hack on Twitter.
“We are aware of the apparent hacking of our website, alongside a direct threat to Israel,” the newspaper said.
It is not known whether the pirates were from Iran, supporters from outside the country, or if they were state sponsored, the Jerusalem Post said.
There was no immediate response from the Israeli government.
The Twitter account of another Israeli media outlet, Maariv Online, was also targeted on January 2. The tweet has been deleted.
Hundreds of protesters gathered in Baghdad on January 1 to mark the anniversary of the attack that killed Soleimani, who led the elite Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), and his Iraqi lieutenant Abu Hamid al-Muhandis.
Then-US President Donald Trump ordered the January 3, 2020 strike in response to a series of attacks on US interests in Iraq. Soleimani was considered one of the main architects of Iranian military strategy in the Middle East, and his assassination raised tensions between Iran and the United States.
Five days after Soleimani’s death, Iran fired missiles at an Iraqi air base housing US forces and another base near the Iraqi city of Erbil.
On December 31, the Iranian Foreign Ministry posted on Twitter that “the US government bears final international responsibility” for the murder, which it denounces as “a terrorist attack”. He said “the White House is now responsible,” appearing to refer to the administration of Trump’s successor, President Joe Biden.
Although the US-led international coalition announced the end of its “combat mission” in Iraq in December, some 2,500 US troops and 1,000 coalition troops remain in the country to advise and train the forces of the United States. Iraqi security.
With reports from Reuters, AP and The Jerusalem Post