“National Public Radio reports that Iran is planning on dispatching ‘cyber police’ across the country with General Ahmadi Moghaddam stating that ‘There is no time to wait’ in deploying the Islamic Republic’s latest line of defense against its real and perceived enemies. This isn’t the first time Moghaddam has claimed to be setting up cyber police either. With the Basiji looking to occupy cyberspace as well, Iran’s Internet is starting to look very crowded.”
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“DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Iran’s top police chief envisions a new beat for his forces: patrolling cyberspace.
‘There is no time to wait,’ Gen. Ismail Ahmadi Moghaddam said last week at the opening of a new police headquarters in the Shiite seminary city of Qom. ‘We will have cyber police all over Iran.’
The first web watchdog squads are planned in Tehran this month — another step in Iran’s rapidly expanding focus on the digital world as cyber warfare and online sleuthing take greater prominence with the Pentagon’s new Cyber Command and the secrets spilled to WikiLeaks.”
From Yahoo! News
“Given Iran’s recent rhetoric against Green Movement leaders as well as its planned 10 day assault against the Green Movement what Tor and others may be seeing is the digital realization of these political statements and actions within the country. In the past, changes to Iran’s filters have been tested on certain ISPs within the country before being implemented nationwide. If the regime is moving towards digitizing its most recent statements and actions, what the Tor Project is seeing now could be localized testing of a planned national rollout.”
From Global Voices
“A Twitter account believed to belong to Iran’s supreme leader has triggered controversy among Iranians whose own access to social networking websites remains blocked.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the man who has the final word in Iran, has come under intense criticism from Iran’s many bloggers for launching a crackdown on Twitter and Facebook while his office apparently runs a Twitter account under Khamenei_ir.”
From The Guardian
“An informed source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that Hossein Derakhshan was released last night on the unprecedented bail amount of $1.5 million. Derakhshan had requested a prison furlough after a lower court sentenced him to 19.5 years in prison in September. The informed source told the Campaign that Derakhshan’s family is immensely happy to see him released and hopes that the upcoming appeals court ruling could keep him from returning to prison.”
Strong evidence proves that the Stuxnet worm has infected computers in Iran’s nuclear program. On Monday, diplomats and nuclear officials announced that the nuclear program has been shortly stalled, perhaps as a result of the disturbance. Although attribution cannot be determined at this point, it is obvious that the current controversial speculation has caught the world’s attention.
The Globe and Mail talks to the Information Warfare Monitor chief investigators Ron Deibert and Rafal Rohozinski for their take on the cyber attack.
From The Globe and Mail
“Experts dissecting the computer worm suspected of being aimed at Iran’s nuclear program have determined that it was precisely calibrated in a way that could send nuclear centrifuges wildly out of control.
Their conclusion, while not definitive, begins to clear some of the fog around the Stuxnet worm, a malicious program detected earlier this year on computers, primarily in Iran but also India, Indonesia and other countries.
From The New York Times
“The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada, and Bernard Kouchner, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of France, made the following statement today concerning Canadian-Iranian blogger Hossein Derakhshan, who is detained in Iran. Mr. Derakhshan is a Canadian citizen and his companion is a French national.”
“Reporters Without Borders condemns the increasing severity of the Iranian regime’s persecution of bloggers. One, Hossein Ronaghi Maleki, was given a 15-year jail sentence 10 days ago while another, Mehdi Khazali, the editor of the website Baran http://www.drkhazali.com, was arrested two days ago.
‘Like journalists, bloggers have been treated for months as if they are enemies of the regime,” Reporters Without Borders said. “But the authorities have now started to impose much harsher sentences on them. Bloggers involved in censorship circumvention are being particularly targeted as they help their fellow citizens to gain access to banned information.’ ”
“The severity of the nearly 20-year jail sentence handed down to veteran Iranian blogger Hossein Derakhshan, left, has shocked many exiled Iranian journalists and bloggers with whom I’ve spoken. It’s also reinforced their belief that the best way to help jailed colleagues is not through quiet diplomacy but by making a lot of noise.
Derakhshan’s case made headlines last month when human rights groups reported that prosecutors were seeking the death penalty for the writer, dubbed the “blogfather” of Farsi blogging, on a raft of antistate charges. In the end, a Revolutionary Court sentenced the Iranian-Canadian dual national to nineteen and a half years in prison. His family and lawyer learned of the verdict through the news media.”