12:42 | 2010-03-16
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian lawmakers in a letter to the Islamic Republic Guards Corps lauded the IRGC for arresting 30 individuals on charge of waging a US-backed cyber war against the country and disbanding their cyber networks.
“The joyful news about the arrest and dismantling of one of the biggest and main groups of cyber networks backed by the (US) Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), which worked to gather information, once again disclosed another conspiracy against the Islamic Republic,” said the letter by 220 parliamentarians.
The lawmakers added that the primary confessions made by the 30 US spies indicated their deep enmity with Iran and unveiled their plans to damage the Iranian nation and ideals of the Islamic Revolution through agents inside the country.
The capture of the cyber network members was announced by Tehran’s Public and Revolutionary Court on Saturday.
The court said in a statement 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 softwares 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.
In November 2009, Iran’s Police Chief Brigadier General Esmail Ahmadi-Moqaddam said 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.