Thursday , 2 February 2023

Science and Technology

Iran says US trying to violate sovereignty over unrest, warns of response

Al-Arabia – US attempts to violate Iran’s sovereignty over the issue of protests triggered by the death of a woman in police custody will not go unanswered, the foreign ministry said on Monday, as the biggest unrest since 2019 showed no signs of abating. Iran has been rocked by nationwide demonstrations sparked by the death of 22-year-old Kurdish woman Mahsa …

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US lets firms expand internet services in Iran amid blackout

Al-Monitor – The US Treasury Department on Friday issued a license authorizing American firms to provide additional internet services in Iran without risking sanctions, a move aimed at countering government censorship of protests over the death of a young Iranian woman in custody.  Biden administration officials said the updated sanctions guidance will help Iranians confront the government’s internet restrictions and …

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Meta Denies Accusations That It’s Working With Iranian Government To Disrupt WhatsApp

RFL/RE – Meta Platforms has denied accusations by Iranian activists that its WhatsApp messaging platform has been working with the government to disrupt communications outside the country amid growing civil unrest over the death of a 22-year-old after she was arrested by morality police for failing to adhere to the country’s strict rules on wearing a hijab. Tehran has restricted the popular …

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Anonymous Knocks Out Ali Khamenei’s Official Website

Iranwire – The Anonymous hacktivist collective claims to have taken down the official website of Iran’s Supreme Leader. Anonymous launched a campaign against Iranian state digital infrastructure yesterday in a bid to support ongoing pro-democracy protests in the country sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini. https://t.co/d9qEvnl9YW | Ayatollah Khamenei Down. By : https://t.co/STAJiVvwta @YourAnonSpider #Anonymous #OpIran pic.twitter.com/e49Ni8ByWU— Spid3r 🕷️ …

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Several Iranian Government Websites Down; Anonymous Claims Responsibility

RFL/RE – Several Iranian government and state-owned websites have been taken down by Anonymous, the international activist hacker group says, in a move of support for nationwide protests that followed the death of a 22-year-old woman following her arrest by the morality police. The website of the Iranian presidency, the government-affiliated Fars news agency, and the forensic medical research center …

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Instagram Blocked in Parts of Iran

Iranwire – As anti-government protests continued in Iran on Wednesday, Instagram users inside the country report their access to the platform – one of the few social media sites usually allowed by the regime – has been blocked.  Individual users’ ability to get onto Instagram is being severely disrupted, especially on mobile internet services. In some parts of the country it is …

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US Treasury Gives Nod to Elon Musk Boosting Satellite Internet Access in Iran

Iranwire – The U.S. Treasury Department has given tacit approval to an expansion of Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite internet service to cover Iran at a time of mass protests and internet shutdowns. The SpaceX CEO was petitioned by Iranians on social media over the weekend to offer the same improved coverage to Iran as to other countries. Since last Friday, when demonstrations …

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Thanks to the Biden Administration’s and EU’s Appeasement, Iran’s Mullahs Go Big on Cyberattacks

gatestoneinstitute.org – The small country of Albania appeared to have more courage and stronger leadership than the Biden administration: it recently sent a strong message to the Iranian regime after Iran’s cyberattacks against Albania in July. Albania severed diplomatic relations with Tehran and ordered Iranian diplomats and embassy staff to leave within 24 hours. “This extreme response… is fully proportionate …

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US sanctions group of Iran-linked ‘malicious’ cyber actors

Al-Monitor – The United States on Wednesday announced sanctions on 10 individuals and two companies affiliated with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) accused of conducting “malicious” cyber acts, including ransomware activity.  “Today’s actions demonstrate our commitment to disrupting ransomware infrastructure and actors,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement. “The United States will not tolerate malicious cyber …

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