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  • Masoud Dalvand 10:12 pm on 1 Mar 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    How to Tackle the Iranian Regime’s Internet Censorship 

    Internet censorship in Iran

    The Iranian Regime has long struggled to restrict access to the internet in order to keep its censorship machine running smoothly.

    After all, they saw the damage the internet could do to their brutal regime when images and videos of the Regime’s violence toward peaceful protesters went viral on social media in 2009.

    But things have gotten worse for the mullahs in recent years, with the increased popularity of secure, encrypted messaging applications (i.e. Telegrams, Whatsapp) that make it harder for governments to monitor an individual’s internet traffic.

    A new report by Iranian opposition coalition, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) sheds light on the Regime’s desperate campaign to adapt its surveillance and censorship equipment in order to survive now that the internet is so commonplace.

    The report, entitled “Iran: Cyber Repression: How the IRGC Uses Cyberwarfare to Preserve the Theocracy”, exposes how the Regime covertly and overtly spies on its citizens and spreads propaganda across social media.

    The NCRI also provided a list of Regime-created variations of the Telegram app, promoted as Farsi versions, which the Regime wanted to trick the public into downloading in order to spy on their internet activity, identify and arrest activists, and introduce malware that would prevent the user from accessing opposition channels.

    The most downloaded of the Regime’s apps is Mobogram, developed by Hanista, a front company for the Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC).

    The Regime even slowed down or blocked traffic to the official Telegram app to force people into downloading their versions.

    The Regime is specifically targeting Telegram because it has over 40 million users in Iran and was widely used by protesters in the uprising at the start of 2018.

    The Regime even got its malware-filled apps onto Google Play and Apple’s App Store, which violates the terms of service for both stores. Google has since identified one and removed it, but there are more on there.

    Alireza Jafarzadeh, the deputy director of the NCRI’s Washington office, said: “The Iranian regime is currently hard at work to test the success of these apps on the people of Iran first. If not confronted, its next victims will be the people of other nations.”

    Jafarzadeh added that the unit responsible for this surveillance is the same one tasked with cyber warfare against the West.

    What can be done?

    The Iranian Regime is unlikely to impose a total internet blackout as they fear repercussions on their already bankrupt economy, which will fuel social unrest. That’s why they’re trying to maintain control with cyber espionage.

    • The tech community must work with governments in order to counter the Iranian Regime’s censorship efforts

    • Internet service providers should work with the Iranian Resistance to identify the front companies and developers that are making and distributing malicious apps on behalf of the Iranian Regime

    • All app stores must investigate the apps on their site and remove malware-inflicted apps exposed by the NCRI

    • Telegram should revoke the Iranian Regime’s developers access to its Application Programming Interfaces, so that they can no longer create malware-infected versions

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  • Masoud Dalvand 10:57 am on 26 Jan 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Iran Regime’s Senior Mullah: Cyberspace Is a Blow to Our Lives 

    Iran Regime_s Senior Mullah- Cyberspace Is a Blow to Our Lives

    The speaker of Iran regime’s Assembly of Experts,  Mullah Ahmad Jannati, announced Khamenei’s “a few hours” meeting with a number of cyberspace “experts”, adding that “a move is to be made” after the meeting.

     

    Janati also added that “Cyberspace is a blow to our lives. If they took away (blocked) the cyberspace, we wouldn’t have so many problems. I have said that we cannot totally block the cyberspace but we can slow it down.”

    جنتي لعنتي

    Mullah Ahmad Jannati

    According to the state-run Tasnim news agency affiliated to terrorist Quds force, on Thursday January 25, Janati announced this issue in the joint meeting of the Assembly of Experts’ Presidium with the internal commissions.
    He did not mention the content of the meeting, but added that “they are supposed to do make a move. But it’s important to know what to do and who should do it.”

    Without mentioning the details, he added that “we must dismiss the people who are incapacitated and hire the mighty ones. So there should be changes in this organization.”

    Jannati added in his statement that “they could control it earlier and prevent it from going so fast… We cannot stop it at all, it’s impossible, but we can reduce it.”

    The Head of the Assembly of Experts quoted some people but did not name them and said: “They say that it is already too little late and we did not stop them in the recent events and disturbances arose.”

    The question is; What is really the horror of the mullahs regime? If the internet slows down or disconnects, their problem is solved?

    As I wrote in one of my previous articles, Iran’s Problem Isn’t the Internet; It’s the Regime.

    The Iranian Regime is blaming the current popular uprising in the country to two main factors: access to the internet and Iran’s enemies abroad. They believe that the enemies of the Iranian Regime are joining together to undermine the Regime and rile up the people via social networking sites.

    Of course, the actual reason for the protests is Regime corruption and a failure to meet the needs of its people and the only enemies of the Regime that are responsible for the protests are the Iranian people themselves.
    Ali Jafari, commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), and others in the faction of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei have blamed President Hassan Rouhani for the widespread access to the internet and a lack of official control over it.

    Indeed, Iranian Prosecutor-General Mohammad Jafar Montazeri said on

    January 4: “The Internet is considered to be a source of damage that destroys homes and creates many problems for families and young people, Internet

    and, unfortunately, no effort is being made to direct it. If we do not think of a solution for the Internet, and for the foreigners’ plots, a harsh future awaits us. We must block the active channels that aim to destroy society’s morality, to denigrate the sacred values, and to destroy society’s security.”

    However, given the high levels of internet censorship in Iran prior to the uprising, it is almost impossible to follow the logic of an internet used by the Regime’s enemies to create havoc online and stir up the protests.

    So what is the Regime doing in response to the protests? Are they meeting the public’s demands for pulling out of costly foreign wars? Are they revising the budget to provide subsidies for the poor?

    Nope. They’ve instituted a brutal crackdown on the protesters, resulting in at least 50 deaths and at least 8,000 arrests and they’ve also increased internet censorship- going so far as to block it entirely in some regions- and have even proposed the creation of an intranet for Iran, to block sites that they consider to be dangerous, like Instagram, or a Regime-run social network.

    They now consider internet use in Iran to be akin to letting an enemy into your home. Some have even demanded that the Rohani government apologize for their failure to develop a Regime-controlled intranet before.

    The Regime is so scared of their people being able to contact the outside world (especially Western media and culture) that, on January 6, they announced that English studies would now be banned in government and non-government elementary schools.

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 4:42 pm on 19 Jan 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Iran’s Problem Isn’t the Internet; It’s the Regime 

    Anti riot forces of Iran regime

    Iran protests January 2018- Anti riot forces of the regime

    The Iranian Regime is blaming the current popular uprising in the country to two main factors: access to the internet and Iran’s enemies abroad. They believe that the enemies of the Iranian Regime are joining together to undermine the Regime and rile up the people via social networking sites.

    Of course, the actual reason for the protests is Regime corruption and a failure to meet the needs of its people and the only enemies of the Regime that are responsible for the protests are the Iranian people themselves.
    Ali Jafari, commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), and others in the faction of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei have blamed President Hassan Rouhani for the widespread access to the internet and a lack of official control over it.

    Indeed, Iranian Prosecutor-General Mohammad Jafar Montazeri said on

    January 4: “The Internet is considered to be a source of damage that destroys homes and creates many problems for families and young people, Internet

    and, unfortunately, no effort is being made to direct it. If we do not think of a solution for the Internet, and for the foreigners’ plots, a harsh future awaits us. We must block the active channels that aim to destroy society’s morality, to denigrate the sacred values, and to destroy society’s security.”

    However, given the high levels of internet censorship in Iran prior to the uprising, it is almost impossible to follow the logic of an internet used by the Regime’s enemies to create havoc online and stir up the protests.

    So what is the Regime doing in response to the protests? Are they meeting the public’s demands for pulling out of costly foreign wars? Are they revising the budget to provide subsidies for the poor?

    Nope. They’ve instituted a brutal crackdown on the protesters, resulting in at least 50 deaths and at least 8,000 arrests and they’ve also increased internet censorship- going so far as to block it entirely in some regions- and have even proposed the creation of an intranet for Iran, to block sites that they consider to be dangerous, like Instagram, or a Regime-run social network.

    They now consider internet use in Iran to be akin to letting an enemy into your home. Some have even demanded that the Rohani government apologize for their failure to develop a Regime-controlled intranet before.

    The Regime is so scared of their people being able to contact the outside world (especially Western media and culture) that, on January 6, they announced that English studies would now be banned in government and non-government elementary schools.

     
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