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Iran Launches Cyber-Police Units 45

Posted by Soulskill
from the defending-against-stuxnet-and-freedom dept.
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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Iran Launches Cyber-Police Units

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    Yo have been reported, and backtraced.

    • by Seumas (6865)

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

  • by Zelgadiss (213127) on Tuesday January 25, 2011 @03:40AM (#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.

    • 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.

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

    • 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.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    The consequences will NEVER BE THE SAME!

  • 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?

    • by c6gunner (950153)

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

  • !Democracy (Score:4, Funny)

    by should_be_linear (779431) on Tuesday January 25, 2011 @04:53AM (#34991572)
    We all know in our western democratic society such thing as cyber police is unthinkable! (Rolls eyes)
    • Of course the consequences for misdeeds in the Islamic Republic of Iran are likely to be.... severe.

    • 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 allow

      • by Anonymous Coward

        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.

        • "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 [wikipedia.org]

  • 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

    • by shmeck (583877)
      I tried to write something that more succinctly captured the Jessi Slaughter meme than what you wrote, but failed. I guess I dun goofed.
  • by pspahn (1175617) on Tuesday January 25, 2011 @05:37AM (#34991784)

    Are they hiring?

    =)

    • by tehcyder (746570)
      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.

  • 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").
    • by tehcyder (746570)
      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 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.

        • by ladoga (931420)

          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.

          • ...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. Makin

  • ...will never be the same.

  • So what happens when the cyber police force gets influenced by these evil social networks? Will there be a cyber police police?
    • by c6gunner (950153)

      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.

  • 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?
  • 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.

  • 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.

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