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Iranian security forces have arrested 30 people accused of waging cyber-war against the country with the backing of the United States. A few hours after announcing the arrests the Islamic Revolutionary Guards said they had hacked 29 websites they allege are funded by US spooks. The sites use a cover of human rights activity to …

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WTF?

Even better coverage than Microsoft!

"The network was accused of distributing 70 million copies of US-made anti-filtering software."

That's pretty much one copy for every man, woman and child in the entire country.

Wow, just wow!

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Dead Vulture

Needs correction

Mojahedin-e Khalq is NOT an "opposition group". It is a group that falls under the heading of "our terrorists" (even officially: http://www.state.gov/s/ct/rls/crt/2006/82738.htm)

Is The Reg now channelling the CIA's "Good News"? In which case, Praise Be!

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Black Helicopters

Advanced Technology from the CIA/NSA

These new sites can "collect information about Iran's nuclear programme". Not collate, or transfer but actually collect information - they must contain some clever software that's able to penetrate Iran's secure web infrastructure. The Iranian authorities really have discovered something amazing... we should be concerned that they will deploy the same technolgy against the US and UK and discover how the US makes Oreos and the UK makes Marmite.

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Anonymous Coward

Titular head of the post

I believe Oreos - and especially Marmite - is made using low grade (dirty) nuclear material. So perhaps we should actually be encouraging Iran to refine plutonium.

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70 million copies of anti filtering software

Are you sure this was a raid by Conroy's police as dissident Australians distribute anti-filtering software backed by the EFF?

Or are you sure this isn't Mandleson's UK copyright police, raiding EFF offices, claiming they distributed millions of copies of anti-filtering software that is used to bypass the ISP filters introduced by Mandy's Digital Millennium Copyright Act?

Note that the Libdems amendment to Mandy's nasty POS, only codifies what's already there in the Digital Millenium Bill, if ISPs are liable and they can escape liability for copyright infringement by blocking sites, they will block any and every website that may even link to a site that may have been accused of copyright infringement!

It will be an insane block-fest as ISPs cover their asses by blocking large parts of the web.

And how long before Mandy Mk II has a party on another Corfu yacht of some copyright millionaire and suddenly decides that distributing filtering software is really 'cyber war' akin to sedition?

See, as batty as the Iranians and Chavez are, there are plenty of British politicians prepared to go down the very same route here with the very same inevitable consequence.

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Ayatollah Mandleson's Filters

The Digital Copyright bill is filtering. Under "Technical Measures" is

"(3) A "technical measure" is a measure that-

(a) limits the speed or other capacity of the service provided to a subscriber;

(b) limits access to particular material, or limits such use;

(c) suspends the service provided to a subscriber; or

(d) limits the service provided to a subscriber in another way."

Ayatollah Mandleson's copyright police will be going after software that bypasses Mandleson's internet filter, because otherwise the Technical Measures can never work.

Technical measures that can be bypassed are pointless otherwise.

So if you let him pass that Digital Copyright Bill, you will be in this position a few years from now, just as will the Australians due to Conroy's bill.

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Filtering

"US-made anti-filtering software"

So PGP or some other encryption then?

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Grenade

Spinning .... is Out of Control Nonsense

"The network was accused of distributing 70 million copies of US-made anti-filtering software"

Is that the same as phishing software aka spyware?

"Is The Reg now channelling the CIA's "Good News"? In which case, Praise Be!" .... Posted Monday 15th March 2010 11:04 GMT, Needs correction, Destroy All Monsters, for surely the CIA are not into Good News but very big in Propaganda.

Seems like the Great Game has some New Covert Star Players Mastering the Internet which should make for some Future Fabulous Radical Changes and that can only be a Good Thing considering the Hash and Crashes that the Present Pretenders have made and are making.

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Anonymous Coward

I like the notion

... Of Iran's Revolutionary Guards hacking. Aren't they similar, both in mission and IQ, to the Saudi Ministry for the Promotion of Vice and Prevention of Virtue?

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All wrong, ALL around

The writer of this article CLEARLY knows nothing about the nature of the Iranian regime or their form of propaganda OR any of the opposition groups. First of all they didn't only accuse these poor people of being spies of Americans (which is VERY much a lie that the Mullahs ALWAYS tell), second they didn't only claim that they were affiliated with the Mojahedeen, third of all it's ALL a lie and a ruse to arrest innocent bloggers and human rights activists who expose the filth that this regime perpetrates now and for the last 30 years on innocent Iranians. We Iranians are SICK TO DEATH of westerners who know dangerously little about how it works in Iran and who write some nonsense in order to write some garbage or other. Either do your homework and disseminate CORRECT info OR keep quiet because then you will be nothing more than a tool of tyrants.

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Sceptical, but

I bet the CIA -is- spending a lot of money on computer attacks on Iran, and on in-theatre political opponents of the current party in government - who thus become paid enemy agents. Whoops!

On the other hand, the U.S. army division which supposedly was marshalling just across the border around the election time to sweep in and support the insurgency, seems to have changed its mind about that.

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