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Science and Technology

Iran’s State Media Claims Rocket Launch For ‘Space Research Mission’

RFL/RE – Iran has launched a rocket carrying three satellites, Iranian state television reported on December 30. It was unclear exactly when the reported launch took place, what kind of launcher was used, or whether any objects had successfully entered Earth’s orbit. Independent satellite images of Iran taken earlier this month seemed to show that a launch was imminent, AP …

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Iran’s New ‘Smart’ Project Proposes Vaccine QR Codes for Offices and Supermarkets

Iranwire – In Iran a project entitled “Smart Covid Management” project is under way, purporting to lay the foundations for a post-pandemic return to normal life. Since February 2020, when the coronavirus outbreak in Iran was confirmed, many such initiatives have been launched in a bid to control the pandemic (quite often prefaced with the word “smart”), including night-time curfews and the …

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The Ayatollahs’ Twitter Trolls

WSJ- There’s more to Iran’s high-tech arsenal than prospective nuclear weapons. The regime in Tehran also uses social media, including Twitter , to divide, defame, disable and demoralize its domestic opponents. Such warfare is often difficult to track, and it is hindering the struggle for freedom. Iran is seeing a rise in mass protests and other acts of civil disobedience, …

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Isfahan Nurse: Hospitals Turned Injured Farmers Away After Protests

Iranwire – On Friday, November 26, blood flowed on the dry bed of the Zayanderud river. Two weeks after a fresh round of protests got under way in Isfahan, officers from the police’s Special Forces Unit tore into the crowd on motorbikes, attacking farmers and civilians with batons and birdshot while tear gas hung in the air. So far scant information is …

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Now Iran’s ‘Drug Mafia’ Wants a Monopoly on Covid-19 Medication

Iranwire – Recently US pharmaceutical company Pfizer announced it had succeeded in developing an anti-viral Covid-19 pill that reduced the risk of hospitalization or death from the disese by 89 percent. The company has applied to the American Food and Drug Administration for emergency authorization. Pfizer also signed a licensing agreement with Medicines Patent Pool (MPP), a United Nations-backed public health …

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Iranian Airline Hit By Cyberattack

RFL/RE – Iran’s private Mahan Air airline was disrupted by a cyberattack on November 21, Iranian state media reported. Mahan Air customers around the country reported receiving text messages from a group calling itself Hoosyarane-Vatan (Observants of the Fatherland), which claimed responsibility for the attack because of the airline’s purported ties to the paramilitary Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). The …

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A Sign That Iran Is Still Pursuing Nukes

thedispatch – Personnel is policy, even in nuclear weapons programs that purport not to exist.  On November 13, Iranian media outlets revealed the name of the new director of the Organization of Defensive Innovation and Research, an entity known by its Persian-language acronym, “SPND.” Created in 2011 to support Tehran’s restructured nuclear weapons quest, SPND was led by Mohsen Fakhrizadeh-Mahabadi, the Islamic Republic’s foremost military-nuclear scientist, from its …

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US says Iran-sponsored hackers targeting health, transportation sectors

Al-Monitor – Hackers “associated with the government of Iran” are actively targeting a wide range of US sectors, including with ransomware, a cybersecurity advisory issued by US, British and Australian governments said Wednesday.  The joint alert from the US Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, the Australian Cyber Security Center and the UK’s National Cyber Security Center said the hackers were targeting …

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Plans for New “Protection” Bill Exposes Government Fears of Social Media

Iranwire – he internet is a threat to the security of the Islamic Republic, and the country will become increasingly vulnerable and unstable if people continue to use it, government officials have claimed. Speaking to the authors of a new study published in the National Defense Strategic Management Studies quarterly journal, government security experts highlighted the dangers of social media in particular. The research …

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Anger Mounts as Arrests for Online Activity Continue to Rise

Iranwire – In Iran, hardly a day goes by without news of someone being arrested for “illegal activities online.” These types of arrests are hardly new, but they now happen with incredible frequency. Most recently, on November 3, the police chief for Marvdasht, Fars Province, announced the force had arrested a local for “publishing pictures of women wearing inappropriate clothing.” The photos …

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