Wednesday , 8 April 2020

Science and Technology

Iran Cyberspace Supreme Council Among 20 Worst Digital Predators in 2020

Radiofarda – Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has included Iran’s Cyberspace Supreme Council among the twenty worst digital predators in 2020 in a list published to mark this year’s World Day Against Cyber-Censorship, celebrated on 12 March. RSF asserts that the Iranian Cyberspace Supreme Council uses digital technology to “spy on and harass” journalists and thereby “jeopardize people’s ability to get …

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US Imposes Sanctions on 13 for Helping Iranian Missile Program

VOA – The U.S. has imposed new sanctions on 13 entities and individuals in China, Iraq, Russia and Turkey because of their support of Iran’s missile program. The State Department says those sanctioned include a Chinese individual named Luo Dingwen, who has also been involved in supplying sensitive items to Pakistan’s missile program. Others include Chinese and Turkish export and …

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Guards’ Commander Says Iran’s Air Defenses More Accurate Than Advanced Countries

Radiofarda – The Chief Commander of Iran’s Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) has claimed that his country’s air defenses are “more accurate” than those of advanced countries and that Iran had readied “hundreds of ballistic missiles for simultaneous launch after the killing of Qods Force Commander Qassem Soleimani by an American drone. Gen. Hossein Salami made the remarks 40 days after …

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Kyiv Airport Monument Unveiled In Memory Of Victims Of Iran Plane Shoot-Down

RFL//RE — Ukrainian officials have unveiled a monument at Kyiv’s international airport to commemorate the victims of a Ukrainian airliner that was shot down by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps in Tehran last month. People lay flowers at the new memorial to the victims of Flight PS752 at Boryspil airport. The Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) Boeing 737-800 was shot down …

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Iran Official Says Recent Cyberattacks Meant To Discredit Government

Radiofarda – Deputy Minister of Telecommunications on Monday said unprecedented recent cyberattacks are aimed at lowering Internet quality to make people worry about government meddling with access and cause dissatisfaction. The attacks which began on February 8 have affected some mobile operators as well as home internet providers and cloud services. “We are concerned about attacks aiming at lowering the …

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Is Iran Using Space Launches To Develop Long-Range Missiles?

RFL/RE – Iran’s latest failed attempt to send a satellite into orbit has rekindled U.S. accusations that Tehran is using satellite launches to develop its ballistic missiles.The U.S. accusations have, in turn, focused attention on what Iran’s military can learn from the country’s civilian space program and whether launches of Iran’s satellite-carrying Simorgh rockets amount to ballistic-missile tests.U.S., European AllegationsU.S. …

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Iran Election Campaign Starts With Thousands Barred From Standing

RFL/RE – The weeklong campaigning for Iran’s parliamentary elections kicked off with more than 7,000 candidates vying for the 290 seats in the legislature, state TV reported on February 13.The February 21 elections are widely seen as a contest between hard-liners and conservatives after most pro-reform and moderate candidates were disqualified.The vote will also be a test of the popularity …

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Facebook Removes Accounts In Russia, Iran With Alleged Intelligence Links

RFL/RE – Social-media giant Facebook on February 12 removed two unconnected networks of accounts, pages, and groups “engaging in foreign or government interference,” one originating in Russia and the other one in Iran, both of which have alleged ties to intelligence services.Calling the behavior “coordinated” and “inauthentic,” Facebook’s head of security policy, Nathaniel Gleicher, said both operations were acting on “behalf …

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Iran vows to continue space program after satellite launch failure

Al-Monitor – Despite Iran’s much-publicized satellite launch on Feb. 9 that failed to reach orbit for the third time, Iranian officials have put a positive spin on the endeavor and stressed the country will continue to progress in its space program. Minister of Information and Communications Technology Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi addressed the failure on social media, posting a video on Instagram. …

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