Friday , 30 October 2020

Science and Technology

Experts: Latest US Indictments May Discourage Hackers from Joining Anti-American Campaigns

VOA – The U.S. Department of Justice has announced criminal charges against three Iranian men for their alleged participation in state-sponsored identity theft and hacking by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), a designated foreign terrorist organization.  The men are all residents and citizens of the Islamic Republic of Iran, U.S. authorities said Thursday in a press release. Officials also say the …

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U.S. Places Sanctions On Hacking Group With Alleged Ties To Iranian Intelligence

RFL/RE – The U.S. Treasury Department has announced sanctions against an Iranian hacking group, a front company, and more than 45 individuals accused of carrying out a years-long campaign targeting Iranian dissidents, journalists, and international travel companies on behalf of Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS). The September 17 announcement said that the ministry used the hacking group, Advanced …

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U.S. Charges Two Iranians Over ‘Cyberintrusion Campaign’

RFL/RE – U.S. prosecutors say they have indicted two Iranians on allegations they were hackers connected with a “coordinated cyberintrusion campaign” that targeted American and foreign universities, a Washington-based think tank, and other organizations in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. Hooman Heidarian, 30, and Mehdi Farhadi, 34, stole hundreds of terabytes of data, including national security intelligence, …

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Judge Responsible For Filtering Internet Sentenced For Corruption

Radiofarda – A former investigator judge with the Tehran Prosecutor’s Office, Bijan Qassemzadeh Sangroudi, is sentenced to “permanent dismissal from government service, ten years in prison, confiscation of properties achieved through bribery, and payment of a fine” for receiving bribery from local news outlets in Iran, as reported on Saturday, September 12. Qasemzadeh’s name was mentioned in the high-profile legal …

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Iran’s Military To Get Involved In Messenger Apps

Radiofarda – The Islamic Republic Minister of Communications and Information Technology (ITC), Mohammad Javad Azari-Jahromi, says the General Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces will begin developing infrastructure related to cyberspace. Speaking at the opening ceremony of a data center on Sunday, Azari-Jahromi said, “Messengers are another critical issue that the General Staff is helping with.” Azari-Jahromi had previously dismissed …

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Security Official Threatens More Internet Censorship As Iran Moves Towards Intranet

Radiofarda – Abolhassan Firoozabadi, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme Council of Cyberspace (ISCC), says that if Internet platforms are not compatible with the laws and standards of the Islamic Republic, they will be censored. Firoozabadi said on Sunday that filters may be implemented on Internet content “if the platforms do not comply with Iranian law” or “create cultural, social, political …

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Iran Looks To China For Development Of Intranet

Radiofarda – The head of the Council and Internal Affairs Commission of the Iranian Parliament, Mohammad Saleh Jokar, says that launching an Iranian national intranet is included in the new partnership being planned between Iran and China. Speaking to the pro-reform website Entekhab (Choice), Jokar said on Tuesday, September 1 that Tehran had welcomed the cooperation of countries such as …

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Iran’s Efforts To Deny People Information And Entertainment Are Futile

Radiofarda – Iranian society has been fighting systematic censorship for over four decades; from the ban on videotapes in 1980s, jamming satellite television, blocking news websites in 2000s and social media in recent years. Nonetheless, a glance at the past shows that the Iranian government’s extensive restrictions have had very little if any impact on the way Iranians have been …

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Iran Proposes Bill For Tighter Online Censorship, ‘Military Control’ Of Internet

RFL/RE – A group of 40 Iranian lawmakers has submitted a controversial draft bill to the parliament that could result in harsher online censorship by giving control of the country’s Internet gateways to the armed forces, including the notorious Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).The bill also calls for the creation of a board that will oversee social-media platforms and deal …

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