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Iran Launches Cyber-Police Units

Soulskill posted more than 3 years ago | from the defending-against-stuxnet-and-freedom dept.

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Khopesh writes "Iran is implementing a cyber police force to combat social networks and similar sources of 'espionage and riots.' This will likely result in more control over internet access than efforts that might hinder attacks like Stuxnet. 'Ahmadi Moghaddam said that Iran's cyber police will take on the "anti-revolutionary" dissident groups that used online social networks to organize protests against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad following disputed elections held in 2009. "Through these very social networks in our country, anti-revolutionary groups and dissidents found each other and contacted foreign countries and triggered riots," said Ahmadi Moghaddam, referring to the protests that took place at the time.'"

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watch out 4 chan (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34991248)

Yo have been reported, and backtraced.

Re:watch out 4 chan (1)

Seumas (6865) | more than 3 years ago | (#34991262)

No, they'll just open up a socket and put a filter on it.

Re:watch out 4 chan (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34991440)

By coding something up in Visual Basic.

Re:watch out 4 chan (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34991524)

You mean like this [youtube.com] ? It's already been done [codeplex.com] .

Re:watch out 4 chan (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34992838)

Will concequences ever be the same?

anti-revolutionary... (4, Interesting)

Zelgadiss (213127) | more than 3 years ago | (#34991310)

anti-revolutionary

Heh. They don't seem to want to admit that they are the status quo now.

Those seeking to over throw them would be the revolutionary ones.

Re:anti-revolutionary... (0)

cold fjord (826450) | more than 3 years ago | (#34993482)

The Iranians continue in their attempts to spread their revolution to other countries [washingtonpost.com] . They were/are assisting insurgents in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other places. They control the powerful state within a state that is Hezbollah [nytimes.com] in Lebanon. I believe they are also working in Central and South America. Their presence in so many other places is useful in more ways than one [aolnews.com] .

I think you will find this video [memritv.org] revealing....there are plenty more at MEMRI worth seeing.

World Power Quality Counter Espionage (1)

_Sprocket_ (42527) | more than 3 years ago | (#34991340)

Iran has learned from Soviet mistakes [google.com] - you do need computer weapon to catch moose and squirrel [npr.org] .

Re:World Power Quality Counter Espionage (1)

Bahamut_Omega (811064) | more than 3 years ago | (#34991460)

They'll find they just caused World War 3 due to 4chan's wave of marauding motormouths taking down the Revolutionary Guard, Basij, Madman & Supreme Bleater. This war would not be fought with bullets, but with bullshit.

Anonymous Coward (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34991400)

The consequences will NEVER BE THE SAME!

Ya dun goof'd (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34991464)

Iran gonna back-trace yo ass.

You dun goofed up (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34991478)

I'm calling the cyber police on you guys. Don't cyber-taze me bro!

Iran: catching up with the West (1)

FuckingNickName (1362625) | more than 3 years ago | (#34991490)

Don't forget to do it without judicial oversight, to infiltrate protest groups and cyber with legitimate members, and to incite violence. It's OK because when you're working for the government you are in the right by definition, right?

Lucky buggers (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34991976)

Does that also mean they get to have sex with the activists? Kewl!

Re:Lucky buggers (1)

tehcyder (746570) | more than 3 years ago | (#34992822)

Does that also mean they get to have sex with the activists? Kewl!

Well, it's not like they're infiltrating a pornstar training school or something.

Re:Iran: catching up with the West (1)

c6gunner (950153) | more than 3 years ago | (#34995934)

Dammit ... why do all the really great trolls awlways come out right after I've used up my last mod point?

consequences will never be the same (1)

tankadin (1175113) | more than 3 years ago | (#34991492)

And they'll know where it's coming from when you done goofed because they backtrace'd it

Section 9 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34991496)

This story needs the "section9" tag.

!Democracy (3, Funny)

should_be_linear (779431) | more than 3 years ago | (#34991572)

We all know in our western democratic society such thing as cyber police is unthinkable! (Rolls eyes)

Re:!Democracy (1)

cold fjord (826450) | more than 3 years ago | (#34993196)

Of course the consequences for misdeeds in the Islamic Republic of Iran are likely to be.... severe.

here comes the false equivalency (1)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 3 years ago | (#34993562)

if you don't know what exactly is illegal in iran versus western democracies, and you don't know what the punishments are in iran versus western democracies, you are an idiot. but idiots like you dependably crop up in any story critical of north korea or china or iran: "it's the same here in usa/ europe/ australia"

actually, no, moron, it clearly is NOT the same, by very very wide margins of what is illegal and what the punishments are. to announce north korea, iran, or china equivalent to what you are allowed to do and how you might be punished in western democracies is simply to loudly proclaim that you are a very ignorant person

Re:here comes the false equivalency (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34994820)

if you don't know what exactly is illegal in iran versus western democracies, and you don't know what the punishments are in iran versus western democracies, you are an idiot.

Right, because since I don't live in Iran and never plan on going there, I'm really worried about examining the intricate details of their legal code. (end sarcasm)

No, the 'Western World' is not nearly in as bad a shape as places like Iran and China. But you're wearing some rose-colored glasses if you think our legal code is in any way simple, clear, or easy to understand. And if you think it's applied equally or that the punishments are consistent then quite frankly you're a raving lunatic.

Re:here comes the false equivalency (1)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 3 years ago | (#34995204)

"if you think our legal code is in any way simple, clear, or easy to understand."

what?!

you ARE a moron. simpleminded legal codes are for simpletons who like cramming their little simpleminded ideas into simple fundamentalist thinking. a rich society is a complex society, and a complex society naturally has a very complex legal code, as it SHOULD be

"And if you think it's applied equally or that the punishments are consistent then quite frankly you're a raving lunatic."

yes, it's called judicial discretion

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judicial_discretion [wikipedia.org]

judicial discretion is a GOOD thing if the only applicable statutes in a particular legal case are too harsh or too mild considering the heinousness or mildness of the crime before the judge

look: the west has PLENTY of problems. but you're a moron if you start talking about the west's problems in the same sentence as the problems in iran or north korea or china. orders of magnitude worse

educate yourself. then open your mouth

They can try but they will not succeed (1)

sorin7486 (981738) | more than 3 years ago | (#34991666)

Well they might be able to slow it down but they won't stop it. I live in Romania and in 89' we had our own anti-revolution. Back then all they had was Radio Free Europe to keep hope alive. From our perspective today controlling the internet is a huge setback for freedom but I am sure my parents would of seen huge possibilities if they had it 20 years ago.

Muslims are so cool (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34991706)

You've got to love those Muslims. They are so hip to social networks.

The consequences will never be the same (1)

md65536 (670240) | more than 3 years ago | (#34991754)

I can only hope that any lying no-good punks will be reported to this new group when Iranian citizens backtrace anyone who done goofed

Re:The consequences will never be the same (1)

shmeck (583877) | more than 3 years ago | (#34996904)

I tried to write something that more succinctly captured the Jessi Slaughter meme than what you wrote, but failed. I guess I dun goofed.

Employment (2)

pspahn (1175617) | more than 3 years ago | (#34991784)

Are they hiring?

=)

Re:Employment (1)

tehcyder (746570) | more than 3 years ago | (#34992874)

Yes, and not only do you get to support an autocratic and human-rights-infringing regime in the short term, you also get to be put up against a wall and shot following the counter-revolution in the medium term.

Pretty much a win-win situation.

this FP for GNAA (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34991808)

and promotes our And its long term too many rules and for all practical work that you too much formality problem; A few with the number addresses will May do, may not

#Missuse of the word Anti (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34992174)

They're setting up Police to stop Facebook sites / groups who are anti revolutionary... which would make them actually in support of Armadinnerjacket fella who runs the place. If they have a nuclear program on par with their english program then we should all start practising duck and cover...

Revolutions caused by "anti-revolutionary groups"? (1)

Noam.of.Doom (934040) | more than 3 years ago | (#34992222)

So basically they're trying to stop "anti-revolutionary groups" from causing riots and revolutions?
(Yes, I know what they really mean by "anti-revolutionary").

Re:Revolutions caused by "anti-revolutionary group (1)

tehcyder (746570) | more than 3 years ago | (#34992886)

The Russians carried on using "counter-revolutionary" as an insult well past the time when the 1917 Revolution led to the Communists being in power.

Re:Revolutions caused by "anti-revolutionary group (2)

cold fjord (826450) | more than 3 years ago | (#34993252)

The Russians carried on using "counter-revolutionary" as an insult well past the time when the 1917 Revolution led to the Communists being in power.

The Soviets used "counter-revolutionary" as a charge that could get you sent to the Gulag [voanews.com] or worse.

Re:Revolutions caused by "anti-revolutionary group (1)

ladoga (931420) | more than 3 years ago | (#34997466)

The Soviets used "counter-revolutionary" as a charge that could get you sent to the Gulag or worse.

...used "terrorist" as a charge that could get you sent to the Gitmo or worse.

These things just go on and on.

Re:Revolutions caused by "anti-revolutionary group (1)

cold fjord (826450) | more than 3 years ago | (#34997906)

...used "terrorist" as a charge that could get you sent to the Gitmo or worse.

These things just go on and on.

There are some distinct differences.

Making a joke about Stalin could get you sent to the Gulag, or just a quota due to a shortage of prisoners being used for forced labor at an important state project. Apparently more than 18,000,000 people passed through the Gulag system from Lenin's time.

It is nearing 10 years now, and less than 1,000 people have been sent to Guantanamo, and it is emptying. Making jokes about George Bush is practically a national pastime, but people don't go to jail over it. The vast majority of Guantanamo's prisoners were either captured on the battlefield or in hiding, overseas. They either were active participants in making war against the United States, or suspected of active participation or direct support.

There really isn't any meaningful comparison.

Consequences... (1)

Junior J. Junior III (192702) | more than 3 years ago | (#34992534)

...will never be the same.

Huh... (1)

ViperOrel (1286864) | more than 3 years ago | (#34992966)

So what happens when the cyber police force gets influenced by these evil social networks? Will there be a cyber police police?

Re:Huh... (1)

c6gunner (950153) | more than 3 years ago | (#34995846)

So what happens when the cyber police force gets influenced by these evil social networks? Will there be a cyber police police?

Loyalty tests and executions; the tried-and-true method.

Obligatory Meme (1)

Chowderbags (847952) | more than 3 years ago | (#34993124)

So what you're saying is that Iran has called the cyber police, those cyber police can backtrace you, and the consequences will never be the same?

so stupid.... (1)

hesaigo999ca (786966) | more than 3 years ago | (#34993304)

If i want to send out a message to those who know what to look for in advance, then it will be easy...i can post on a website, like any website, that has blog or forum capability, and let them read what i am saying and insert an encoded message there...simple, and no need of facebook or else, this is just a means to come around and control more of what is accessible on the web because they do not like that people can blast their gov. or what not.

Rule #1 (1)

DigiShaman (671371) | more than 3 years ago | (#34993600)

The people of Iran made a mistake this time. They attempted a revolution. You either do, or don't do. There is no try. That's the lesson to be learned here.

Every successful revolution involves giving it your 110% effort all the way through.

Obligatory DKM Reference (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34994334)

Re:Obligatory DKM Reference (1)

KingAlanI (1270538) | more than 3 years ago | (#34998336)

link shows Daniel Keys Moran, I thought you meant Dropkick Murphys for a minute.
Proud working-class punks there to be sure, but no specifically anti-police song of theirs comes to mind.

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