Monday , 22 July 2019

Science and Technology

Iran To Block Social Media In Case Of War With U.S.

Radiofarda – Iran would block its citizens’ access to social media if war were to break out with the U.S., the head of the country’s Passive Defense Organization has said. In a speech on Sunday, May 26, brigadier-general Gholamreza Jalali of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said, the U.S. “uses social media for media and psychological operations to influence Iranians’ …

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Canada Researchers Reveal ‘Iran-Aligned’ Fake News Campaign

Radiofarda – Canadian researchers have unmasked a disinformation campaign with possible links to Iran that includes posing as mainstream media to spread falsehoods targeting primarily Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United States. The University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab said an “Iran-aligned” group has impersonated legitimate media outlets using copycat sites to “spread falsehoods and amplify narratives critical of Saudi Arabia, …

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Iranian State Malware Continues to Hack Online Accounts of Religious Minority Groups

CHRI – Malicious Spyware Has Attacked At Least 74 Victims Worldwide, Azeri and Gonabadi Dissidents Among Targets Iranian state agents continue to use malware to hack into the online accounts of religious minority groups inside and outside Iran, investigations by the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has shown, with the latest attacks, designed to steal the private information …

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Online Tyranny: Revolutionary Guards Hunting Iran Internet Users

Iran-HRM – Online Tyranny: Revolutionary Guards hunting Iran Internet users Iranians are considered one of the most vibrant populations using the internet. More than half of the 80 million Iranians, especially the youth, use the internet to share news and information, debating in private, and conducting business. Iranian regime however, has used the internet to suppress its own people. This …

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Minister Claims Iran Has Developed A Cyber-Defense Shield

Radiofarda – Iran says it has “successfully” tested a firewall it calls the country’s “cyber-defense shield”, after announcing plans for a test several times before. The Iranian Telecommunications Minister Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi said on Thursday May 16 “Iran’s young scientists have developed a cyber-defense shield for the country’s automated industrial systems.” Jahromi claimed that the firewall “can practically stop …

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Iran Mulling ‘Drills’ To Deal With Any ‘Threat’ To Internet From U.S.

RFL/RE – Iran is concerned about the U.S. cutting off internet connection to the country and is mulling “drills” to make sure its banking and other vital services could work in such an environment A “task force” has been set up to “combat U.S. cyber threats,” Iran’s Minister of Communication and Information Technology said on Monday, May 13. “To neutralize …

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Cleric’s Murder Gives Impetus to Calls for Military Control Over Internet

CHRI – Authorities’ Focus on Political Activists while Violent Individuals Go Unnoticed on Social Media Following the killing of Mostafa Ghasemi, a cleric in the city of Hamedan, by an individual who had displayed his violent intentions on his Instagram account, Iran’s security and military establishments have expressed support for Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s demand to impose greater restrictions on the Internet …

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Official Admits to “Defeated” Attempt to Move Iranians Over to State-Sponsored Messaging Apps

CHRI – One year after Iran blocked access to the Telegram messaging app, used by a reported 40 million users, officials are admitting that the state’s attempts to attract users to Iranian-made versions have failed. “Today I can say with certainty that our domestic messengers have been defeated because they were not welcomed,” said Hamid Fatehi, a deputy minister at the Ministry …

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Lawmaker Says Iran Behind Bogus Messaging Apps, Banned By Google

Radiofarda – A lawmaker in Iran has revealed that the intelligence and communication ministries joined forces to create and manage diversionary social media apps to woo people away from secure international platforms. Iran banned the popular Telegram messaging app last year after mass protests and later two new apps appeared, labelled Talagram (golden telegram in Persian) and Hotgram, trying to attract users …

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Iran Says It Will Continue To Enrich Uranium Despite U.S. Pressure

rferl.org – Parliamentary speaker Ali Larijani says Iran will continue to enrich uranium in accordance with its nuclear accord with several world powers regardless of moves by the United States to put a stop to it. “Under the [nuclear accord] Iran can produce heavy water and this is not in violation of the agreement. Therefore, we will carry on with …

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