‘Anonymous’ hackers knock Iran state websites offline amid nationwide protests

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Anonymous has said it was behind the cyberattacks that knocked Iranian government websites offline, claiming it was part of a hacking collective supporting the death of Mahsa Amini.

Ethics of a 22-year-old woman wearing her headscarf too loosely for allegedly violating the strict Islamic dress code in Iran while being detained by police, prompting women across the country to remove or burn their mandatory headscarf Has died.

In a message posted Tuesday on Anonymous-affiliated social media channels, the hacking group said Amini’s death was “the last straw” and that she had launched #OpIran against the Iranian state.

An accompanying video said, “People are gathering and the streets are filled with slogans of azaadi and slogans of brave people.”

“But the dictatorial Iranian government and its murderers persecute the policemen to silence them. We will not allow it. The Iranian people are not alone. Anonymous will not keep the Iranian government alive on the Internet as long as they fight the dictatorial regime and the murderous police.

“Now Anonymous will lock you up and your own people will remove you from power. It’s too late to ‘expect us’; We are here.”

The targets of the cyberattack were the “Smart Services” website and another that posts state news and interviews, while state-owned television webpages are also affected.

An Anonymous-affiliated social media account claimed that “all databases have been deleted”. Iran has yet to comment on the claims or the cyber attacks.

According to state media, street protests against Amini’s death have spread to 15 cities in Iran, with people sharing online videos of women removing their headscarves and cutting their hair in protest against Iran’s laws.

Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi has called for an investigation into Amini’s death.

Credit: www.independent.co.uk /

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