Anonymous hacks ‘thousands of Iranian CCTV cameras’ as part of #OpIran

Anonymous hacks ‘thousands of Iranian CCTV cameras’ as part of #OpIran

Iranian demonstrators take to the streets of the capital Tehran on September 21, 2022 (AFP via Getty Images)

Iranian demonstrators take to the streets of the capital Tehran on September 21, 2022 (AFP via Getty Images)

Anonymous has hacked thousands of security cameras in Iran to support widespread protests in the country, the hacking group said.

The latest action follows cyber attacks on government websites and state television channels this week as part of #OpIran, which comes in response to the death of Mahsa Amini.

​​​​The 22-year-old woman died after being taken into custody by the country’s morality police, who accused her of violating Iran’s strict Islamic dress code by wearing her headscarf too loosely.

Her death sparked protests in towns and cities across Iran, with some women removing their compulsory headscarves in public and burning them.

Online activists who claim to be part of Anonymous have also organized online, coordinating their efforts to disrupt the state-run media and infiltrate the security infrastructure.

More than 2,000 CCTV and web-connected security cameras were reportedly compromised in Iran by exploiting Internet of Things (IoT) security vulnerabilities.

“We hear the calls of the people of Iran,” a popular anonymous account tweeted on Thursday.

“We understand the abuse you are suffering, and we will do our best to help the Iranian people as much as we can. Many activists around the globe support the Iranian people and understand how reprehensible your government is.”

Earlier this week, a separate anonymous Twitter account posted a video announcing the latest operation against the “dictatorial government of Iran”.

The hashtag #OpIran emerged worldwide on the platform shortly after the video was posted, with users calling for solidarity with those protesting Amini’s death.

“The people of Iran are not alone,” the video said. “Anonymous will not keep the Iranian government alive on the internet as long as they fight the dictatorial rule and fight the murderous police.

“Now Anonymous will shut you down and your own people will disempower you. It is too late for ‘we hope’; We are here.”

There have been reports of a violent crackdown on the protests, and human rights groups have said at least 36 people have died.

Ebrahim Raisi, the president of Iran, said at a news conference on Thursday in New York, where he is attending the general assembly of the United Nations, that “acts of chaos” would not be tolerated.

He added that Amini’s death and the actions of the morality police “need to be investigated”.

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