[ISN] Iran Arrests 30 for Endangering National Security through Cyber War

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2010 00:16:57 -0600 (CST)

Fars News Agency
15 March 2010

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran announced that it has arrested 30 individuals on 
charges of waging a US-backed cyber war against the country.

A statement issued by Tehran's Public and Revolutionary Court on 
Saturday said that following a series of complicated security operations 
in area of information and communication technology, the country's 
security forces have identified the most important US-backed organized 
networks of cyber war launched by the anti-revolutionary groups and 
arrested 30 suspects.

The statement added that the networks received US aids and served 
Washington through such anti-revolutionary groups as the Mojahedin-e 
Khalq Organization (MKO), monarchist groups and a number of other 
opposition groups.

It further said that Washington provided such anti-Islamic Republic 
groups and networks with 70 million US-made anti-filtering softwares 
only during the recent demonstrations in Tehran in a bid to help them 
wage a psychological war against the Iranian nation and government.

According to the statement, some of the charges leveled against these 
US-backed networks include establishment of an intelligence gathering 
network, specially to identify the country's nuclear scientists, 
provoking sedition and illegal demonstrations and rallies through 
releasing unreal and unfounded news and reports after the June 
presidential elections in the country and providing media and news 
support for the Jundollah terrorist group and the monarchist opposition 

In November 2009, Iran's Police Chief Brigadier General Esmail 
Ahmadi-Moqaddam said the force plans to set up a 'cyber police' division 
to counter 'internet crimes'.

Ahmadi-Moqaddam said the unit would be tasked with monitoring organized 
cyber crimes on the internet.

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