Around 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning, the Twitter account of Vice Prime Minister Silvan Shalom was taken over by pro-Hamas hackers, who promptly began posting a steady stream of messages in support of Gaza in its standoff with Israel.
Around the same time, the hackers, who called themselves “zcompany,” also hijacked the former foreign minister’s Facebook page, posting a large photo of a Palestinian swinging a rock to lob at Israelis with “Free Palestine” written across it, and posting more derisive comments.
In one notable exchange on Twitter, the hackers posted a message for Shalom’s wife, media personality Judy Shalom Nir-Mozes, writing, “and to my sociopathic wife Judy, freedom for Palestine is the only way to achieve peace in the Middle-East.”
“The murderers have taken over Silvan’s Facebook, Twitter and email [accounts],” Mozes tweeted in Hebrew shortly after. “Our son Nimrod is trying to salvage [them]. I wish they would die!”
Several hours after the incident, Shalom’s Facebook page was back to normal, but as of Wednesday morning the Twitter account was still compromised.
In an interview with Channel 10 on Wednesday morning, Shalom said that his social media aide had been called up for reserve duty in the IDF and was thus unavailable to take care of the problem.
Since Operation Pillar of Defense was launched last Wednesday with a Twitter announcement, hackers have been making incessant attempts to target Israeli sites. According to Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz, in recent days there have been upward of 44 million attempts to compromise government websites, but most of them have failed.