The website of the Israeli newspaper The Jerusalem Post and the Twitter account of Maariv, another Israeli newspaper, were hacked early Monday morning pro-Iranian hackers.
Both newspapers were targeted with a photo of a model Dimona nuclear facility being blown up accompanied by a message in English and Hebrew saying: “we are close to you where you do not think about it” that remained online for about two hours.
The photo also purportedly showed the hand of IRGC’s assassinated commander Qasem Soleimani – Sunday night marked the second anniversary of Soleimani’s death in Baghdad in 2020 – dropping ballistic missile.
The hacking tweet has since been removed from Maariv’s Twitter account along with a retweet of an account created in the summer of 2021. The account with the @ShiaEagle handle retweeted the post along with an illustration of Soleimani and PMF commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.
The Jerusalem Post said in a tweet later that they’re aware of the hacking of the website – which also represents a direct threat to Israel- but that it’s not clear if the hacker were Iranian or whether they’re from outside the country or state-sponsored.
Google Chrome’s inspect tool shows the hackers managed to edit during the attack the JPost site’s SEO keywords to be “Israel, JPost, maariv, il, attack, hack [and] ransomware”.
It is not the first time that the Israeli newspaper has been subject to attacks. The pro-Iranian hackers posted in May 2020 the message “Be ready for a big surprise” accompanied by an image showing Tel Aviv in flames and Benjamin Netanyahu swimming towards a life preserver