Iranian hackers linked to the Revolutionary Guard’s paramilitary volunteer militia Basij have launched a series of cyber attacks on websites of the “enemies,” a state-owned newspaper reported today.
According to The Associated Press, Gen. Ali Fazli, acting commander of the Basij, was quoted by state-owned IRAN paper as saying university teachers, students and clerics comprise Iran’s cyber army. He said the attacks were in retaliation for similar attacks on Iran, according to Mehr news agency.
“As there are cyber attacks on us, so is our cyber army of the Basij, which includes university instructors and students, as well as clerics, attacking websites of the enemy,” Fazli said. “Without resorting to the power of the Basij, we would not have been able to monitor and confront our enemies.”
AP said the Revolutionary Guard was believed to be associated with the clandestine “Cyber Army” that emanated to battle opposition websites and blogs following President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad‘s disputed 2009 re-election.
Last month, Guard chief Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari indicated the force stands behind the cyber army and described it as a “defensive, security, political and cultural need for all countries.” The general also said at the time the Guard has successfully engaged in cyber warfare.