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Sunday, May 29, 2022

Jerusalem Post Hacked on Iranian General’s Killing Anniversary

What happened: 

Hackers targetted a popular Israeli newspaper, Jerusalem Post, on the killing anniversary of a famous Iranian General, Qassem Soleimani. These unknown hackers have replaced the contents of the newspaper from the website with a threatening image.

The threat is to a site associated with Israel’s undeclared nuclear programs. The image of a missile coming down from a fist bearing a ring is associated with Qassem Soleimani, a top Iranian General killed by the U.S. drone strike two years ago. 

The image hackers posted on the newspaper’s website is an exploding target from Iran’s military drill. That designed to look like the Shimon Peres Negev Nuclear Research Centre near the city of Dimona. 

However, since the country has a nuclear ambiguity policy, Israel has neither confirmed nor denied having atomic weapons. 

Interestingly, no group or individuals claimed responsibility for the hacking.

Responses:

Even though the Israeli government didn’t respond to this development, the newspaper posted a tweet about this. The tweet acknowledged the hack saying, “We are aware of the apparent hacking of our website, alongside a direct threat to Israel.” The newspapers also said they are working on resolving this issue and thank readers for their patience. 

Qassem Soleimani. Image Courtesy: Bloomberg.

Qassem Soleimani was widely known in the U.S. as top military personnel who helped the Iraqi militants. He allegedly taught them to make deadly roadside bombs that targeted the U.S. military in Iraq.

But Iran has already denied this U.S. allegation against Qassem Soleimani. Moreover, he was very popular among many Iranians. 

Jinsh Rayaroth
I am a journalism student at Seneca College, Toronto. Also an ardent photographer and a news enthusiast. I am also working as a content creator for Woodland Canada.

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