Jerusalem Post website is hacked on the anniversary of Soleimani’s assassination: ‘Pro-Iranian hackers’ post a fake image of secret Israeli nuclear facility being hit in a missile strike
- Israel’s Jerusalem Post newspaper said on Monday that its website had been hacked, in what it said was an apparent threat to the country
- Instead of displaying a main news page, the website showed an illustration that appeared to recall top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani who was assassinated
- Soleimani was assassinated in a U.S. drone strike in Iraq on this day in 2020
- The illustration showed a missile shooting out of a red ring worn on a finger, an apparent reference to a distinctive ring Soleimani used to wear
- Weapon appeared to destroy secret Israeli nuclear facility
- The Jerusalem Post, an English-language daily, tweeted that it was working to resolve the issue
Hackers on Monday targeted the website of an Israeli newspaper on the 2020 anniversary of the killing of a prominent Iranian general, replacing its content with an image that threatened a site associated with Israel’s undeclared nuclear weapons program.
While no group immediately claimed responsibility, the image posted on the Jerusalem Post’s website depicted a missile coming down from a fist bearing a ring long associated with Qassem Soleimani, the Iranian general killed by a U.S. drone strike in Iraq two years ago on Monday.
The image included an exploding target from a recent Iranian military drill designed to look like the Shimon Peres Negev Nuclear Research Center near the city of Dimona.
The facility is already home to decades-old underground laboratories that reprocess the reactor’s spent rods to obtain weapons-grade plutonium for Israel’s nuclear bomb program.
Israel’s Jerusalem Post newspaper said on Monday that its website had been hacked, in what it said was an apparent threat to the country
Instead of displaying a main news page, the website showed an illustration that appeared to recall top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani who was assassinated
Under its policy of nuclear ambiguity, Israel neither confirms nor denies having atomic weapons.
In a tweet, the Jerusalem Post acknowledged being the target of hackers.
‘We are aware of the apparent hacking of our website, alongside a direct threat to Israel,’ the English-language newspaper wrote. ‘We are working to resolve the issue & thank readers for your patience and understanding.’
There was no immediate response from the Israeli government. The hack comes after Israel´s former military intelligence chief in late December publicly acknowledged his country was involved in Soleimani’s killing.
Soleimani was assassinated in a U.S. drone strike in Iraq on this day in 2020
The remains of destroyed vehicles are seen during the second anniversary of the killing of Iranian military commander General Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in a U.S. drone attack, at Baghdad Airport in Baghdad, Iraq, January 2, 2022
Soleimani rose to prominence by advising forces fighting the Islamic State group in Iraq and in Syria on behalf of the embattled Assad
Iran as well did not immediately acknowledge the hack early Monday. However, the country in recent days has stepped up its commemorations of the slain Revolutionary Guard general. Memorial services were scheduled to be held Monday marking his death.
As the head of the Quds, or Jerusalem, Force of the Revolutionary Guard, Soleimani led all of its expeditionary forces and frequently shuttled between Iraq, Lebanon and Syria.
Quds Force members have deployed into Syria´s long war to support President Bashar Assad, as well as into Iraq in the wake of the 2003 U.S. invasion that toppled dictator Saddam Hussein, a longtime foe of Tehran.
Soleimani rose to prominence by advising forces fighting the Islamic State group in Iraq and in Syria on behalf of the embattled Assad.
U.S. officials say the Guard under Soleimani taught Iraqi militants how to manufacture and use especially deadly roadside bombs against U.S. troops after the invasion of Iraq. Iran has denied that.
Soleimani himself remains popular among many Iranians, who see him as a hero fighting Iran’s enemies abroad.
Mourners march during the funeral of Iran’s top general Qassem Soleimani, 62, who was were killed in a U.S. airstrike in January 2020
A commemoration ceremony is held near Baghdad International Airport marking the second anniversaries of the killing of Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani on Monday in Bahgdad, Iraq
Qasem Soleimani is seen in a photo at a memorial for him held on Monday