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    Iran Regime under Cyber attack

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    Iran Regime under Cyber attack

    Pro-democracy activists on the web are asking supporters to use relatively simple hacking tools to overflood the regime’s propaganda sites with junk traffic. The impact of these “Distributed Denial of Service” (DDOS) attacks isn’t clear. But official online outlets like,, and are currently inaccessible. “There are calls to use an even more sophisticated tool called ‘BWraep,’ which seems to exhaust the target web site out of bandwidth by creating bogus requests for serving images,” notes Open Society Institute fellow Evgeny Morozov.

    In both Iran and abroad, the cyber strikes are being praised as a way to hit back against a regime that so blatantly engaged in voter fraud. But some observers warn that the network strikes could backfire - hurting the very protesters they’re meant to assist. Michael Roston is concerned that “it helps to excuse the Iranian regime’s own cyberwarfare“; text-messaging networks and key opposition websites mysteriously went dark just before the election. Morozov worries that it “gives [the] hard-line government another reason to suspect ‘foreign intervention’ - albeit via computer networks - into Iranian politics.”

    Iran has one of the world’s most vibrant social media communities. That’s helping those of us outside Iran follow along as this revolution is being YouTubed, blogged, and Tweeted. But Iran’s network infrastructure there is relatively centralized. Which makes Internet access there inherently unstable. Programmer Robert Synott worries that if outside protesters pour too much DDOS traffic into Iran, carriers there “will simply pull the plug to protect the rest of their network.”



    Guess the Cyber Mujahideen , is active in Iran.

    The methods they are using are simple and easy

    for average PC user to do.


    Tactical Internet Systems analyst.



    Cyber muhadijeen

    The Iranian regime is able to shut down access to e-mail (by limiting bandwidth), SMS and Facebook. Lots of protesters and would-be protesters are unable to make phone calls or otherwise communicate with each other, thereby limiting the ability of the opposition movement to gather strength. But the regime is unable to shut down Twitter, and so some of the most amazing accounts of what’s happening in Iran come through Iranian Twitter feeds. How? A protester called @PersianKiwi explains about an hour ago:

    we are accessing twitter from open proxies. they are closing them as fast as we can find them.


    I have massive incoming mail from twitter. cannot possibly reply. our internet conection is 27kb.

    @PersianKiwi sent that from the Web, by the way. I’ll check this out for later in the day, but it’s fascinating that the regime is unable to block this powerful social-media tool.

    And as the media is getting increasingly booted from Iran — a reporter friend who just left Tehran emailed last night that the regime is blaming the street demonstrations on foreign journalists and is arresting some — @PersianKiwi is live-Tweeting a demonstration from Tehran’s Engelhab Square: Can hear helicopters, cannot see them… my last ISP downed. have redialed new ISP, slow process. streets are packed with people. seems peaceful… the city is very busy. seems like everone is out but most shops are closed, business all quiet. not much normal traffic… call in from Enghelab Sq. Baseej [pro-regime paramilitary] outnumbered, just watching people march… am being told that there are injured students stuck in Tehan dorms. surrounded by baseej…. hearing rumours that Mousavi and Khatami are in azadi square now, unconfirmed…



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