Friday , 30 July 2021

Science and Technology

“What Else Can they Do?”: Rage and Resignation in Iran Over Internet Filtering Bill

Iranwire – On Wednesday, July 28, Iran’s conservative-dominated parliament voted to implement a new law that could further restrict Iranians’ access to the internet and social media. The hugely controversial and surreally-named “Bill for the Protection of Cyberspace Users” allows the Iranian armed forces to more stringently monitor internet traffic into and out of Iran. It also states that foreign …

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Iran’s parliament suspends controversial internet bill

Al-Monitor – With protests raging all across the country over water shortages and electricity, Iran’s parliament has decided now is not a good time to push through a controversial bill further limiting Iranian citizens’ access to the internet. The bill, titled “protecting users in cyberspace and organizing social media,” was set to be publicly discussed on Iran’s parliament floor July 26. The review of …

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Watchdog: Internet disrupted in Iran amid water protests

Al-Monitor – The Iranian government cut internet access in the past week during protests in an impoverished province, according to an internet watchdog. There were disruptions to internet access on cellphones from July 15-20, and the blockage knocked out approximately 3% to 4% of mobile data in Iran, the London-based NetBlocks announced Wednesday. The group said there were “widespread user reports of …

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Ahmadinejad accuses ‘ring’ in Iran intelligence of espionage

Al-Monitor – Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad accused a “corrupt ring” inside Iran’s intelligence apparatus of maintaining “a systematic link” with foreign espionage agencies. “They have to brace for trials,” Ahmadinejad, who served as head of state from 2005-2013, warned the group, without naming its members. But the former president left more than enough signs in his video message that “the ring” …

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Watchdog: Internet disrupted in Iran amid water protests

Al-Monitor – The Iranian government cut internet access in the past week during protests in an impoverished province, according to an internet watchdog. There were disruptions to internet access on cellphones from July 15-20, and the blockage knocked out approximately 3% to 4% of mobile data in Iran, the London-based NetBlocks announced Wednesday. The group said there were “widespread user reports of …

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Facebook says Iranian hackers spied on US military personnel using fake accounts

Al-Monitor – A group of Iranian hackers used fake Facebook accounts to target US military personnel, as well as defense and aerospace workers, the social media company said Thursday.  The hacking group, known as Tortoiseshell, used Facebook and other social media platforms to engage with targets before infecting their devices with malware for espionage purposes. According to Facebook, a fake account would …

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Iranian Hackers Pose as UK Scholars to Target Experts

VOA – A notorious group of hackers tied to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has waged a covert campaign targeting university professors and other experts based in the U.K. and the U.S. in an attempt to steal their sensitive information, according to research by the cybersecurity firm Proofpoint.    The group, known as TA453 and Charming Kitten, has been masquerading …

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Iran unveils Islamic dating app to encourage ‘lasting marriage’

timesofisrael— Iran on Monday unveiled an Islamic dating application aimed at facilitating “lasting and informed marriage” for its youth, state television reported. Called Hamdam — Farsi for “companion” — the service allows users to “search for and choose their spouse,” the broadcaster said. It is the only state-sanctioned platform of its kind in the Islamic Republic, according to Iran’s cyberspace …

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Hackers Disrupt Iran’s Rail Service with Fake Delay Messages

VOA – Iran’s railroad system came under cyberattack Friday, a semi-official news agency reported, with hackers posting fake messages about train delays or cancellations on display boards at stations across the country.   The hackers posted messages such as “long delayed because of cyberattack” or “canceled” on the boards. They also urged passengers to call for information, listing the phone …

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