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

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

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

Iranian protesters 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 in support of widespread protests in the country, the hacking collective claimed.

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

The 22-year-old woman died after being taken into custody by the country’s vice squad, which accused her of violating Iran’s strict Islamic dress code by wearing her headscarf loosely.

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

Online activists claiming to be part of Anonymous have also organized themselves online to coordinate their efforts to disrupt state media and infiltrate security infrastructure.

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

“We hear the calls of the Iranian people”, a popular Anonymous-affiliated account tweeted on Thursday.

“We understand the abuse you are suffering and we will do our best to help the people of Iran as much as possible. Many hacktivists around the world support the people of Iran and understand how repressive your government is.”

Earlier this week, a separate Anonymous-affiliated Twitter account posted a video announcing the latest operation against the “dictatorial Iranian government.”

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

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

“Now Anonymous will shut you down and your own people will take you out of power. It’s too late for ‘expect us’; We are here.”

There are reports of violence against the protests, with human rights groups saying that at least 36 people have been killed.

Iran’s president, Ebrahim Raisi, said at a news conference in New York on Thursday, where he is attending the UN General Assembly, that “acts of chaos” will not be tolerated.

He also said that Amini’s death and the actions of the vice squad “must be investigated”.

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