Iran arrests 30 for involvement in US-led ‘cyber war’
General prosecutor office says networks collected information about nuclear scientists
Thirty people from anti-Iran groups including the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) that were found to operate "important organized networks of the US cyber war" have been arrested by the Iranian general prosecutor office, according to the state news agency IRNA.
The IRNA report claimed that during former US President George W Bush's time in power, a ‘cyber war' plan was set up to destablise Iran. One of the main projects dubbed the Iran Proxy received $50 million in funding from the CIA and was used to bypass the state's internet filtering system.
The objectives of Iran Proxy included "....getting access to Iran's information banks, penetration and sabotage in Iran's internet sites, fight against filtering in the country, creating security for internet users, creating a secure telephone and data communication ground for making interviews with Radio Farda, Radio Zamaneh, Voice of America and other western media".
Another major project of the cyber war campaign, it said, was a network called Human Rights Activists established by two MKO members Sadeq Naqqashkar and Behrouz Javid Tehran. Its focus was on recruiting people and sending them to an MKO camp in Iraq and other countries, where they would receive training. The statement also added that the networks were used to collect information on nuclear scientists in the country, hack into state servers to access secret government information and help with the transfer of "accused persons" out of the country, along with several other charges.
According to the general prosecutor office, those operating the networks inside the country have been arrested with Interpol now asked to take "appropriate measures" against those involved who live outside Iran.