The People’s Mojahedin Movement of Iran, an exiled resistance movement, on Thursday claimed responsibility for a cyber attack on the websites of the city of Tehran and thousands of surveillance cameras in the Iranian capital. The city government had previously reported a “deliberate malfunction” that made the internal system, website and application unavailable, according to the official Iranian news agency.
The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran, which is on the list of terrorists in the Islamic Republic of Iran, confirmed in a statement that its agents in Iran carried out this “major operation” that “has been planned for months.” The statement stated that during the attack, pictures of the MEK leader, his wife Massoud and Maryam Rajavi as well as slogans against Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appeared on the websites of Tehran City Council.
Similar slogans were sent via SMS to almost 600 thousand residents of the capital. The People’s Mojahedin Organization also said it had taken control of more than 5,000 surveillance cameras. “This vast network of cameras is one of the main tools of surveillance and repression by the mullahs’ regime,” the statement said. The network of cameras is said to have played a role in the arrests of people who took part in the protests against the regime, according to the People’s Mojahedin Organization.
In January, the MEK carried out a similar cyber attack against Iranian state-controlled television networks and radio stations. In October, a cyber attack halted fuel distribution in the country.
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