The government of Iran should have been expecting the international Internet hactivist collective known as Anonymous.
In anticipation of the June 15th anniversary of the 2009 Iranian presidential election, an election most observers believe to be fraudulent, Anonymous launched a successful attack against the Iranian government as part of their ongoing Operation Iran (#OpIran).
Friday, Anonymous released over 10,000 email messages from Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In addition, numerous media outlets are reporting Anonymous has gained control of government server(s) associated with the Ministry.
Raw Story reports:
Apart from the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the hackers said they were targeting servers containing information about the Kahrizak detention center in Iran, a notorious site human rights campaigners have raised alarms about for years.
The group also claimed it had hacked servers belonging to the government in Dubai, obtaining about 100 account logins.
The attack on Iran is only the latest of several successful operations against Iran. Most recently, last May Day Anonymous was successful in targeting and taking down numerous government web sites in Iran, temporarily crippling multiple Iranian state sponsored web sites including those of the Office of the Supreme Leader, state police and the Islamic Revolutionary Guards.
The current operation was a little different than most Anonymous acts in that it was not a DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack. However, according to Twitter, and other sources, Anonymous is currently planning a DDoS attack. Ars Technia reports:
For the (June 15th) anniversary itself, a number of distributed denial-of-service attacks are planned against Iranian targets. The planners are at present being cagey about what the targets will be, saying only that any domain ending in .ir that is not media-related is a legitimate target.
Anonymous has previously explained Operation Iran in a video statement; the following is an excerpt from that statement:
To the Noble People of Iran,
We know how great you are. You have been killed, jailed, tortured and silenced by the illegal regime which has hijacked your country for the past thirty-two years, and yet you still rose up last year against a force that you knew meant you harm. They may kill one person every eight hours, but they can’t kill your fighting spirit. They can’t kill your freedom. Know that we support you. Know that you are not alone.
We are Anonymous.
We are legion.
We do not forgive.
We do not forget.