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Cyber-War on the Opposition

Balatarin

Members of Cyber-Army of the Islamic regime are Omni-present on the social media networks. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and the opposition websites on the internet are their hunting ground. The Cyber–Army has different methods of infiltration into websites, users’ accounts and initiates an effort to identify and control them. Many hackers end up by being identified and exposed on Facebook.

 

In open conflict, they counter the opposition’s claim against the rule of the Islamic regime. In this light, any idea, which stands for democracy and secularism in Iran, would be labelled with treachery and agent of foreign enemy. Believers in democracy, secularism, national interests, and social justice are their archenemies. In a second front and lesser animosity, they counter the outsiders of the regime, those of the previous leadership namely activists of the Green Movement. These cyber-mercenaries spend most of their time hacking, call naming, slandering, and attacking on the opposition in cyberspace while attempting to disappoint and disperse the members of the opposition from each other.

 

The plan for the formation of an Iranian Cyber-Army was raised in the Islamic Revolutionary Guards in 2005, as the opposition groups and individuals spread their activities on the social networks. Many groups of hackers have been since formed: the notorious known of which include Ashiyaneh, Shabgard, and Simorgh. These groups attack various websites both in and outside with complete impunity from the regime.

 

All cyber-mercenaries on Facebook are not forcibly bearded men or Islamic-hijab-clad women, revealing also how their motives are underpinned by anti-Semitism and anti-Western sentiment by a sense of global Islamism. They are recruits trained with a non-Islamist look, literature, values who work for the same Cyber-Army. One might realise that the camouflaged recruits would give themselves away when i.e., they switch from right wing Aryan-admirers suddenly to Anti-Semitists or from pretentious human right activists to apologists of the Islamic regime’s survival under any colour. Whatever the role-play, one can depict that the Cyber-recruits ultimately would come up and call a spade a spade, in other words, the Zionists, Westerns, and imperialistic conspiracies are responsible for all of problems in Iran.

 

Therefore, the scope of their sabotage is various on Facebook. Some openly carried out such acts and hack or “occupy” the opposition sites on Facebook; some under false name, avatar, and demagogical presentation infiltrate accounts of dissidents. Fortunately, their attitudes toward Facebook-friends are too obvious: they abandon their flattery attitudes when they are disappointed of collaboration, then screw up friends and so they show their real identity. Their lack of intellect and sympathy for Iran and her people is another factual index  indicating their hidden identity. However, they sometimes achieve to remain on your Facebook-friend-list a while. Unfortunately, individual relationships and the flow of information are so tightly manipulated that many Facebook-friends are not even aware that they have been victims of Cyber-Army.

 

The Cyber-Army has professional hackers who have already hacked many facebook’s accounts and internet-websites. They are likely connected to the office of the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, as we can see here.

 

The talent level of the Cyber-Army is quite high, and its record indicates a technical capacity comparable to similar groups operated by the American and Israeli intelligence agencies. Indeed, many of the same people who run the Revolutionary Guards’ official control Cyber War against the enemies, including undesirable users on the social media networks. Based on figures received from the CIA, estimated the Iranian Cyber-Army's budget at 76 million dollars. It is apparently backed up by China, Russia and North Korea.

 

Cyber groups from different Islamic country  like hacker groups out of Pakistan, Indonesia and Malaysia, Hezbollah of Lebanon and Hamas promote common plans based on Sharia law and common interests of political Islam. Islamic extremist hacker group  from cyber fighters of Izz ad-din Al qassam’- a reference to the military  cyber fighter of Hamas declared that it would attack the Bank of America and the New York Stock Exchange as a first step in a campaign against American Zionist Capitalists. Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters launched similar attacks earlier this year, reiterated its demands:  that a controversial YouTube video mocking the prophet Mohammed "be eliminated from the Internet." Many Facebook-accounts sharing the film were hacked.

 

Hackers of the Islamic regime have been recently strengthened on Facebook and could hack sites of several prominent opposition activists like that of Mr. Noori Alla. They blatantly write words of insults, threatening and “occupation by the soldiers of Imam Mahadi” on such sites in their possession. They attack not only their political dissident, but also the user of non-Islamic contents for which such users would be prosecuted in Iran.

 

Against thousands members of the Islamic regime’s Cyber-Army, highly active on Facebook, the opposition needs a cyber defense formed from volunteers and professionals. Their task is warning internet users from any attack while thwarting cyber attacks of the Islamic regime.

Here are security tips to protect your accounts in Facebook from hackers:

 

1. Hide your Email Address from everyone by going to Edit Profile>Contact Information>Clicking on the icon beside your email address> checking 'Only Me'.

2. Change your primary email address to a one that is only known to you by going to Account Settings>Email> and changing your primary email to the new one (known only to you) and removing your previous email address.

3. For additional security, when in Account Settings, check 'Secure browsing' and 'Send me an email when a new computer or mobile device logs into this account' and click Save.

4. Do not download any dubious link even sent from a serious friend.

 

As far as the plague of the Islamic regime is concerned, the social media networks  today serve an effective social utility that connect the Iranian opposition groups and intellectuals with the oppressed people inside. Therefore, these accounts, in and outside Iran, are target of the Islamic regime. The cooperation of Iranian experts and freedom-lovers of Iran abroad are expected. For the awareness of Iranian people by circulation of information, the social media networks play a vital role and thus our experts must thwart the plan of the Islamic regime to damage and infiltrate websites and accounts of Iranians on the Internet.

 

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Shirzadegan

Siavash

Thanks for the information.
These people are "Khaen". In Iran's history we always had this kind of people such as Mirza Aghasi during Qajar time.
Now, these bastards are selling our country, our people to a bunch of the Islamic criminal rag heads in exchange for some money they receive from mullahs.
Their techniques became more and more obvious. First they target U.S and then they attack Israel. Then they start to talk how stinky mullahs, who can't even control their body odor and smell like a dirt, is good for Iran. Shame on them.

JahanshahRashidian3

Jahanshah Rashidian

Thank you for your comment! Their gibberish propaganda rants are as ever ignored by any school kid in Iran.

ghourbagheh

ghourbagheh

Let's approach this rationally. First of all, any action that undermines free exchange of ideas and debate is harmful in the end, regardless of who does it. This is not an ideological statement. I think it's a lesson we can learn from observing nature. It may be founded in the laws of thermodynamic. That is how elementary the idea is. Nature likes to create variations on a theme and then mix them! In some ways, natural processes are very much about free exchange. Nowhere is this more obvious then in the act of sexual reproduction!

There are many "special interests" on the internet that try to control public debate and prevent exchange and exposure of ideas that run contrary to their interests. You can bet Iran does it. So do many other countries. Some like US and its allies can do it on even grander scale than Iran can, because of the resources available to them and the false public perception of their "democratic" nature. Take a look at this workshop on how to edit Wikipedia to create a positive image for Israel:



On this website, there have been plenty of people who cause this sort of destructive interference in order to put out positive points for IRI, US government, Israel, the Pahlavis, MKO, etc. If you want to be fair, go through a bunch of random comments and count what percentage of anti-IRI posts accuse someone else of being an IRI agent. The monarchist especially think in absolutes. You are either with them or you're an IRI agent.

In practice, there is really nothing that can be done to bar these people. It's impossible to prevent a person from making 20 accounts and posting to control the debate. The only real solution is build a critical mass that can not be swayed with 20 fake IDs. We need more people involved. People who would take half an hour out of their day to read about one or two topics and making sure that they will post comments to counter these "cyber-armies". This can be done, and it should be done by those Iranians who claim loudly to care about Iran. One rule that I think must become a part of Iranian.com culture is that as soon as someone starts accusing someone else, they need to be shut down. There are plenty of posts here that I suspect are from the same person(s). But I can't prove it, so its pointless and harmful to just accuse them. Once, I spent a day digging up the background of one particularly nasty individual here. After emailing that person's real email account, he disappeared. Frankly, it was not worth the time, because he's back under probably a couple of different IDs!

SaidAmin

Saïd Amin Saïd Amin is a tech entrepreneur born in Tehran, Iran. He is the founder/CEO of World Singles Networks, a leading provider of niche online dating services and the Publisher of Iranian.com.

Thank you for the thoughtful comment. "As soon as someone starts accusing someone else, they need to be shut down". Agreed. Comments accusing members of being IRI agents etc. will not be published and will likely lead to a suspension.

ghourbagheh

ghourbagheh

Smith-Mundt Act of 1948:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smith%E2%80%93Mundt_Act

Section 501:
"information produced by VOA for audiences outside the United States shall not be disseminated within the United States … but, on request, shall be available in the English language at VOA, at all reasonable times following its release as information abroad, for examination only by representatives of United States press associations, newspapers, magazines, radio systems, and stations, and by research students and scholars, and, on request, shall be made available for examination only to Members of Congress."

ghourbagheh

ghourbagheh

Radio Farda is independent media!!!!!! Who are you kidding? Radio Farda, Radio Free Europe, Radio Free Asia, Radio Liberte, Al Hurra TV, Radio Sawa, and Voice of America are all ran by Broad Casting Board of Governors which is directly funded by US congress and ran by the US state department. All of these are US propaganda. The status of these outlets as propaganda was stated by the US congress that forbids them to directly broadcast into US, because AMERICAN CITIZENS SHOULD NOT BE EXPOSED TO THE SAME PROPAGANDA TARGETING FOREIGN NATIONALS. The UPPERCASE portion is paraphrasing three actual laws passed to limit the function of these outlets. They cannot even put their towers or computer servers in US. As of 2000, the servers were in Czech Republic.

There is absolutely nothing independent about Radio Farda. You may find a token few who claim so and might even vouch for its independence through their own limited experience working for it. But if you look at historical record of these stations, you will see that they do the US governments bidding, almost always to create crisis in other countries and in a few cases to undermine democratic movements that are not aligned with US interests. Radio Farda and VOA are no better than the Islamic Republic's broadcasting outlets. They are all pure propaganda, with the big difference that most Iranians rightly identify IRIB as propaganda, but falsely think Radio Farda is independent journalism. Take a look at the history of these channels. Many US congressional members have questioned funding for these stations because they think it puts them on par with propaganda from all the other dictatorships, and they are absolutely correct.

Those Iranians who work and cooperate with Radio Farda, Voice of America, and BBC (the premier British propaganda agency) are on par with the same ones that work with Islamic regimes propaganda outlets. Many Iranians consider spreading propaganda for IRI an act of treason. Equally, those who work for Radio Farda/VOA/BBC are also TRAITORS!

faraway

faraway

dear JR: don't mind what a theocratic fascist loving mozdoor has to say. read his comments to zendanian under the name "Nasir khosrow"...to see what kind of miscreant you are dealing with. It's best just to ignore him.