Hackers working for Revolutionary Guard's paramilitary Basij group
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Iranian hackers working for the Revolutionary Guard's paramilitary Basij group have started attacks on "enemy" websites.
The official IRNA news agency reported the launch of attacks on websites of the "enemies." It is a rare acknowledgment of involvement in cyber warfare from Iran.
In January, there was an announcement saying that Iran had formed its first cyber police unit.
IRNA quoted deputy chief of the volunteer Islamist Basij militia Ali Fazli saying, "Just as we are under attack from our enemies on the web, e-trained Iranian military experts, including Basiji teachers, students and clerics, are attacking enemy sites."
Iran's Supreme National Security Council general secretary Saeed Jalili said earlier that "enemies of Iran" were behind the "874 websites" that aimed to destabilise the Iranian government.
Last week, there were reports that the Chinese government wanted to control and shape online opinion by reaching China's 450 million Internet users.
President Hu Jintao even called the "virtual world" his next battleground.
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