Tuesday , 17 May 2022

Science and Technology

US unveils sanctions targeting Iran’s drone program

Al-Monitor – The Biden administration sanctioned several Iranian companies and individuals on Friday in connection with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ drone program, including an Iranian commander believed responsible for the deadly attack this summer on the Mercer Street commercial vessel.   A statement from the Treasury Department described the use of lethal unmanned aerial vehicles by the IRGC’s elite Quds Force in attacks …

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Iran president says cyberattack not the first, won’t be last

Al-Monitor – Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi visited gas stations in Tehran a day after a cyberattack, presumably from a foreign country, caused long delays at the pump. Raisi said that this cyberattack is neither the first time nor will it be the last and asked people to be prepared for more. At a cabinet meeting, Raisi also said that the attack’s purpose was …

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Iran’s President Raisi: Cyberattack on fuel sector designed to ‘make nation angry’

Al-Arabia – A cyberattack which disrupted the sale of heavily subsidized gasoline across the Islamic Republic was designed to create “disorder and disruption”, Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi said on Wednesday.“We need to be equipped and prepared against cyberattacks,” Iranian state media quoted Raisi as saying. For all the latest headlines follow our Google News channel online or via the app.MIDDLE …

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“Khamenei! Where’s Our Gas?”: Cyberattack Hits Iran’s Digital Traffic Signs

Iranwire – Digital traffic signs over major highways in Isfahan appeared on Tuesday to have been hacked to bear the slogan: “Khamenei! Where’s our gas?” Videos were published on Persian-language social media in the afternoon showing vehicles passing under the compromised signs. Another said “Free gas at Jamaran gas station”, a reference to the home of Iran’s first Supreme Leader …

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Iran confirms cyberattack caused widespread disruption at gas stations: State TV

Al-Arabia – A cyberattack disrupted the sale of heavily subsidized gasoline in Iran on Tuesday, state media reported, causing long lines at gas stations across the country. “The disruption at the refueling system of gas stations… in the past few hours, was caused by a cyberattack,” state broadcaster IRIB said. “Technical experts are fixing the problem and soon the refueling …

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Facebook Takes Down Another Batch of ‘Unsophisticated’ IRGC Accounts

Iranwire – An Iranian cyber-network linked to the IRGC has been pulled from Facebook for posting content encouraging Iranians to “praise the military and criticize opposing factions”. In its latest report on coordinated inauthentic behavior (CIB), the social media giant said it had removed some 93 accounts, 14 pages, 15 groups and 194 Instagram accounts in September that were targeting domestic audiences, …

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Iran’s president calls for tighter internet control

Al-Monitor – In a meeting with the Supreme Council of Cyberspace, Iran’s president Ebrahim Raisi called for “digitizing” the government while also expanding controls over the internet. Raisi said that the council can “take significant steps in making up for its ineffectiveness and in the management of cyberspace.” He added that the “health and security” of the internet must be prioritized …

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Bipartisan Congressional Group Urges Biden to Support Internet Freedom in Iran

CHRI – A bipartisan congressional group today urged U.S. President Joe Biden to support the free flow of information and internet freedom for civil society in Iran by clarifying and updating allowable activities under the U.S. Treasury’s General License D-1 (GL D-1), which exempts the sale of personal communications tools from sanctions on Iran. The bipartisan initiative follows a campaign by the Center …

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Iran’s supreme leader issues ban on Samsung, LG appliances

Al-Monitor – Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ordered a strict ban on the imports of South Korean-made home appliances, a directive that has renewed debates on his micromanagement of the Iranian economy. In his brief note to President Ebrahim Raisi, the Iranian supreme leader ordered the hard-line cleric to “firmly block” such imports. Without naming Samsung and LG, Khamenei said the …

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Fact Check: Is Iran the Medical Hub of Asia?

Iranwire – In a surprising addition to his first address to the United Nations via a heavily-edited video this week, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi took the opportunity to declare: “Iran is the medical hub of Asia”. “Iran,” he intoned, “alongside its peaceful nuclear and satellite science, is the medical hub of Asia, and Iranian physicians and scientists such as [medieval Persian polymath] Abu Ali …

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