Wednesday , 25 November 2020

Science and Technology

Iran Named as Top Cyber Security Risk to Canada

iranwire.com – For the first time, Canada has formally named Iran as being among the biggest cyber-threats to the country, alongside state-sponsored hackers from China, Russia and North Korea. On Wednesday, November 18, 2020, the Communications Security Establishment’s (CSE) Canadian Centre for Cyber Security published its second ever National Cyber Threat Assessment report (NCTA), in which the agency explicitly names the …

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Why Is Iran Talking About Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles Now?

In recent years, barely a week has passed without a media appearance of Amirali Hajizadeh, the media-savvy commander of the IRGC Aerospace Force. Charming, gregarious and always wearing a smile, Hajizadeh doesn’t miss any opportunity to talk about drones, domestic car production and the rapid growth of Iran’s missile force while carefully ignoring more inconvenient topics such as the downing …

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Iran passes grim milestone of 40,000 deaths from coronavirus

(AP) — Iran on Thursday passed the grim milestone of 40,000 coronavirus deaths, with the latest 10,000 added in less than a month, as the country struggles to contain its most widespread wave of infection yet. The Iranian health ministry announced 457 new fatalities on Thursday, along with 117,517 new infections, pushing the total case count past 726,000, although officials …

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Facebook closes suspicious accounts from Iran, Muslim Brotherhood

Al-Monitor – Facebook removed several accounts purportedly from Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood for coordinated activity they each conducted in October. The social media giant released its October 2020 Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior Report on Thursday. Facebook defines such behavior as “coordinated efforts to manipulate public debate for a strategic goal where fake accounts are central to the operation.” To this …

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US Confirms Iran Hacked Voter Registration Data in 1 State

VOA – Some of the data Iran used to unleash a deluge of emails designed to intimidate U.S. voters just weeks before the country’s presidential election came directly from one state’s voter registration database. U.S. officials confirmed the finding late Friday in an alert issued by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), …

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‘Iranian YouTube’ CEO Sentenced To 10 Years Over Video Uploaded By User

RFL/RE – The founder and manager of Iran’s main video-sharing platform, referred to by some as Iran’s YouTube, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after being convicted of “encouraging corruption” over a video posted by a user. In the video posted on Aparat.com last year, children were asked whether they know how they were born, Iranian media reported. …

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Iranian Ports Organization Says It Was Targeted By Cyberattacks

RFL/RE – Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organization says it has been targeted by cyberattacks, after officials reported the hacking of two institutions in the country earlier this week.“Sworn enemies have been trying for some time to carry out cyberattacks,” the organization said in a statement on October 16, adding that “appropriate” measures had been taken to prevent an interruption of its missions.No …

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Iran says hackers attacked two of its key institutions

(Reuters) – Hackers launched large-scale attacks on two Iranian government institutions this week, a senior official said on Thursday, without giving details on the targets or the suspected perpetrators. Some government bodies had since temporarily shut down internet services as a precaution, Abolghasem Sadeghi, from the government’s Information Technology Organization, told state TV. “The cyber attacks which happened on Monday …

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Coronavirus: Iran reaches new COVID-19 records, restricts travel

Al-Arabia – Iran on Wednesday announced temporary travel restrictions on five major cities including Tehran as the country hit new single-day records in both Covid-19 deaths and new infections. Read the latest updates in our dedicated coronavirus section. As well as the capital, the measures include banning travel to and from Karaj, Mashhad, Isfahan and Urmia, the health ministry’s Kianoush Jahanpour …

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Iran at breaking point as it fights third wave of coronavirus

theguardian.com – Iran, the crucible of coronavirus in the Middle East, smashed two grim records this week, reporting its largest number of deaths in a single 24 hours since the outbreak started in March, and the largest number of new infections. Iranian health officials openly admit Iran is deep into its third, and biggest, wave of the disease, and evidence suggests an …

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