In protest of Mahsa Amini’s death, anonymous collective has declared cyber war against Iran
The voice from a video of the decentralized international activist and hacktivist collective and movement resounded on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon as the Anonymous collective declared war on Iran and launched several strikes against the regime.
Iran saw significant protests for many days after the brutal prison death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini. In response, Anonymous ended its inaction and launched the OPIRan. Spid3r, the inventor of KromSec and an agent of Anonymous, alone brought down several websites after the discovery.
The 22-year-old Iranian lady from the Kurdistan area died on Friday in Tehran, according to authorities and state media, after suffering a stroke and many heart attacks while being detained by Iran’s purported morality police because she was wearing an “improper” headscarf.
The Iranian government claims that Amini had pre-existing issues that contributed to her death, while her family disputes the claims that she was mistreated or beaten.
A video that documented the protests that erupted following Amini’s death in numerous Iranian cities was made public early on Wednesday.
The two main websites of the Iranian government appear to have been the principal targets of the attacks. The first is the “smart services” website of the government, which provides a range of online services, while the second is devoted to disseminating government news and official interviews. All databases have been deleted, claims a social media entity that is believed to be affiliated with Anonymous.
The Iranian government has not issued an official response to the allegations or attacks.
Other websites were also attacked, including the Iranian state television website, which was down for a period. The websites frequently went offline on Wednesday morning before coming back up, indicating a struggle between hackers and website maintenance.
Kurdistan’s governor, Esmail Zarei Kousha, asserts that three deaths have occurred thus far during the demonstrations. The official, however, asserted that the deaths were “strange” and seemed to be an attempt by “anti-revolutionary” elements to sow unrest across the country. According to state media on Wednesday, protests over Amini’s passing had broken out in 15 Iranian towns.