Anonymous claims it has hacked the Iranian government

The hacking collective Anonymous has announced it hacked the National Bank of Iran as part of its campaign against the Iranian government.

Anonymous claims it has hacked the Iranian government
Published Sep 27, 2022 3:07 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Oct 18 2022 7:20 PM CDT
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As part of the hacking collective Anonymous' operation against the Iranian government, it has claimed it has hacked the National Bank of Iran.

On Tuesday, a hacktivist collective claimed responsibility for the hacking of several Iranian government websites, including the website of the Central Bank of Iran. A member of the Anonymous hacking collective posted on Twitter on the same day as the attack, writing, "We are here with you. The operations against Iran began. Wait for us." Notably, two of the Iranian government websites, along with several other Iranian government-affiliated website, were brought down, coming back online a few hours later.

More specifically, one of the websites that was targeted by Anonymous was responsible for publishing government news and interviews with Iranian officials, and according to a social media account affiliated with the Anonymous hacking collective, "All database has been deleted". The hacking happened amid large-scale anti-government protests erupting in central Tehran, Iran's capital, and many Iranian cities and towns. These protests began on Friday last week when 22-year-old Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini who was wounded and arrested a week ago by the Islamic Republic's hijab police.

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Mahsa Amini spent three days in a coma and then died in hospital on Friday.

Mahsa Amini was arrested by the police to enforce the Islamic Republic's strict restrictions on women's dress and was, unfortunately, wounded - later succumbing to her injuries. The death has sparked nationwide outrage and has caused countries around the world to condemn the act publicly. ABC reports that the protests currently taking the country by storm are the largest since the 2019 fuel price riots that eventuated in the deaths of more than 1,500 people throughout the government's response to the unrest.

So far, 41 people have died as part of the latest rioting, with reports indicating that more than 450 people have been arrested. Anonymous has taken a public stance against the Iranian government and has seemingly already launched attacks against it. Anonymous has also taken to its Twitter account to claim responsibility for hacking the database of the Iranian Teachers' Savings Fund, and using its infiltration, it sent out an email to all members inviting them to strike. Additionally, Anonymous stated that it didn't damage any files within the teachers' database.

Iran has also accused the United States of using the protests erupting nationwide as an avenue of destabilizing the country, with Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Nasser Kanaani telling Nour News that "Washington is always trying to weaken Iran's stability and security although it has been unsuccessful."

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