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[ISN] Iranian Police Sets Up Cyber Force

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_nospam>
Date: Mon Jan 24 2011 - 08:06:14 GMT
To: isn@infosecnews.org

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=8911031262

Fars News Agency
24 Jan 2011

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's Cyber Police started its work today to prevent
espionage and sabotage activities through the internet, a police
official announced on Sunday.
        
"The Cyber Police can prevent espionage and sabotage in Information
Technology (IT) tools," Head of the Information Production and Exchange
Department of the Law Enforcement Police General Seyed Kamal Hadianfar
said.

Hadianfar reiterated that IT tools play an undeniable role in political,
security, economic, trade, ethical and religious rivalries at the
national and international levels.

He also underlined that given the people's growing interest in using the
internet, the threats and opportunities presented by the IT now need to
be attended more than before in the country, adding that the governments
should have plans for confronting these threats and using these
opportunities.

Earlier in 2009, Iran's Police Chief Brigadier General Esmail
Ahmadi-Moqaddam had announced that the force plans to set up a 'cyber
police' division to counter 'internet crimes'.

Ahmadi-Moqaddam said the unit would be tasked with monitoring organized
cyber crimes on the internet.

Iran announced in March 2010 that it has arrested 30 individuals on
charges of waging a US-backed cyber war against the country.

A statement issued by Tehran's Public and Revolutionary Court at the
time said that following a series of complicated security operations in
area of information and communication technology, the country's security
forces have identified the most important US-backed organized networks
of cyber war launched by the anti-revolutionary groups and arrested 30
suspects.

The statement added that the networks received US aids and served
Washington through such anti-revolutionary groups as the Mojahedin-e
Khalq Organization (MKO), monarchist groups and a number of other
opposition groups.

It further said that Washington provided such anti-Islamic Republic
groups and networks with 70 million US-made anti-filtering software only
during the recent demonstrations in Tehran in a bid to help them wage a
psychological war against the Iranian nation and government.

According to the statement, some of the charges leveled against these
US-backed networks include establishment of an intelligence gathering
network, specially to identify the country's nuclear scientists,
provoking sedition and illegal demonstrations and rallies through
releasing unreal and unfounded news and reports after the June
presidential elections in the country and providing media and news
support for the Jundollah terrorist group and the monarchist opposition
groups.

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