Tuesday , 14 July 2020

Science and Technology

Suspicions Mount Of Foreign Hand In Fire At Sensitive Iranian Nuclear Site

RFL/RE – There is growing support among outside security experts for the notion that an “incident” at Iran’s main nuclear-enrichment facility last week was an act of sabotage in a shadow war aimed at setting back Tehran’s nuclear activities.Many analysts believe that a foreign state, possibly Israel, was behind the July 2 fire at the Natanz facility in Iran’s central …

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Explosion At Iran Nuclear Site: Accident, Sabotage Or Foreign Attack

Radiofarda – A mysterious explosion and fire in one of Iran’s nuclear facilities has opened the flood gates to speculations and analysis as to whether it was an accident, sabotage or foreign attack. A spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) announced on Thursday, July 2, that an “accident” had occurred at the Natanz nuclear enrichment facility in …

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Setback for Iran’s Nuclear Program After Mystery Fire at Centrifuge Assembly Site

VOA – New details of an Iranian nuclear facility damaged in a mysterious fire suggest Thursday’s incident is a much greater setback to Iran’s nuclear ambitions than Tehran has publicly admitted. The Washington-based Institute for Science and International Security identified the facility as a centrifuge assembly workshop at the Natanz Fuel Enrichment Plant in central Iran’s Isfahan province. In a …

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Iran’s conservative parliament moves to ban Instagram

Al-Monitor – Heated debates during last week’s parliament meeting in Tehran are fueling concerns among millions of Iranians that the newly elected conservative lawmakers are prioritizing restrictions on social media over more urgent economic woes, which they had promised to address upon taking their seats. The session saw Iran’s young Minister of Information and Communications Technology Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi cornered and grilled by powerful …

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Microsoft Details Sophisticated Hacking Linked To Iranian Cyber Espionage Group

Radiofarda – The Microsoft Threat Protection Intelligence Team has identified a chain of attacks on its cloud service in a post published on June 18. According to Microsoft the group identified as HOLMIUM” has been performing espionage and destructive attacks targeting aerospace, defense, chemical, mining, and petrochemical-mining industries. Based on previous research by the Fireye the group has been linked to Iran and …

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State media: Iran test fires cruise missiles in naval drill

(AP) — Iran test fired cruise missiles in a naval exercise in the Gulf of Oman and northern Indian Ocean, state media reported Thursday . The report by the official IRNA news agency said the missiles destroyed targets at a distance of 280 kilometers (170 miles). It said the tests took place during a naval drill by Iran’s navy in …

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Iranian official criticizes Instagram for ‘immorality’

Al-Monitor – A top Iranian official lashed out against Instagram this week, saying the popular social media network for photos is responsible for “immorality.” The head of the Islamic Development Organization, Mohammad Qomi, said in the Iranian parliament Sunday that Instagram often takes up 60% to 70% of Iran’s internet bandwidth. He also claimed that 30% of cybercrime and 25% of “immorality” crimes and …

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Iran Limits Amount Of Foreign Currency People Can Keep

Radiofarda – Amid economic crisis and a sinking national currency, the Central Bank of Iran has issued a new directive limiting the amount of foreign currency people can keep or carry. From now on, every individual in Iran is allowed to keep or carry only up to ten thousand euros ($11,287), or its equivalent in hard currency, the CBI has …

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Iran Close to Nuclear Weapons Breakout

gatestoneinstitute.org – Importantly, the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, has failed on several occasions accurately to detect Iran’s nuclear activities. For instance, in a November 2018 speech to the UN General Assembly, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu broke a story stating that Iran had a “secret atomic warehouse for storing massive amounts of equipment and material …

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Facebook Starts Labeling Russian, Chinese, And Iranian State Media

RFL/RE – Facebook says it has begun to label state-controlled media organizations such as Russia’s Sputnik, Iran’s Press TV, and China’s Xinhua News so that people know whether the content they read is coming from an entity that may be under the influence of a state. The social media company announced plans to create a state media label in October …

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