Tuesday , 18 February 2020

Science and Technology

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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Iran Launches Satellite But It Fails to Reach Earth’s Orbit

VOA – Iranian state television reports Sunday that Iran failed in an attempt to launch an Iranian-made Zafar satellite into the Earth’s orbit. Ahmad Hosseini, a spokesman for the Iranian Defense Ministry’s space program, told state TV that “the Zafar satellite did not reach orbit as planned” because it did not reach the necessary speed. It is at least the …

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Iranian Satellite Launched But Fails To Reach Earth’s Orbit

rferl.org – Iranian state television reports that Iran on February 9 failed in an attempt to launch an Iranian-made Zafar satellite into the Earth’s orbit. Ahmad Hosseini, a spokesman for the Iranian Defense Ministry’s space program, told state TV that “the Zafar satellite did not reach orbit as planned” because it did not reach the necessary speed. It is at …

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Iran Satellite Launch Delayed For Time-Being, Space Official Says

radiofarda – The Head of Iran’s Space Organization on Saturday said launching the Zafar satellite into orbit has been delayed “in order not to sacrifice accuracy to swiftness” while the Spokesman of Iranian Defense Ministry’s Space Department maintained that the satellite will be launched “at the first opportunity when everything is prepared”. Morteza Barari who heads Iran’s Space Organization and …

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U.N. Watchdog Sees No New Iranian Violations Of Nuclear Deal

radiofarda – Iran has not taken further steps to violate its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers since it renounced last month all restraints imposed by the agreement, the head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency said on Wednesday. “After the fifth step, there hasn’t been any follow-up,” said Raphael Grossi on his first official visit to Washington since becoming …

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