“The new organization changes are designed to form taskforce committees to confront cyber threats and crimes and to use opportunities that arise,” said the spokesperson for the force, Mohammad Ali Asoudi to ISNA.
“However”, Asoudi said, “The cyber army has moved from a defensive position into an offensive one thanks to efforts by Bassiji scientists and advancements made possible by them in the soft war field.” The army “has now transferred the soft war from inside borders to outside the country,” he continued.
A center to combat cyber crime was formed following the 2009 protests and uprising when Iranian weblogists and social network activist managed to organize what was called the twitter revolution, when tens of thousands of Iranian suddenly poured into the streets of Tehran and other cities of Iran chanting down the Iranian regime, the top Ayatollah and its sham elections.
But for the most part, Iranian regime’s cyber war worriers will be swarming dissident websites and blogs, leaving comments, and offensive remarks and running propaganda against Iranian opposition inside and outside the country, trying to keep leading dissidents separated from the masses and among themselves.
Iran holds the international record on number of webloggist in the county. The Iranian regime, however has been tracking down many weblogists, arresting and harassing them. The regime has also been filtering the internet, blocking attempts by the Iranian youths reaching out for information.
Referring to the news of cyber crime center an Iranian weblogist said, “So what?” She continued, “If you gather 20,000 people, what can you do? Unless you want to disconnect the internet all together.”
“I certainly welcome seeing them enter the scene of discussions and argument,” says another Iranian weblogist, “This way they will soon realize, they have nothing to say.”
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