Hacktivist collective Anonymous has announced OpIran, a new campaign designed to launch denial-of-service attacks at Iranian websites, according to news reports.
Addressing the Iranian people, a post on AnonNews.org noted how “an era of change is sweeping the world,” and workers everywhere are taking their place to lead and control their destiny.
“The people of Iran have the admiration of Anonymous, and the entire world,” the release said. “We can see that Iran still suffers at the hands of those in power. Your former government has seized control, and tries to silence you. People of Iran – your rights belong to you. You have the right to free speech and free press, the freedom to assemble and to be safe in your person. You have the right to live free and without fear.”
Coinciding with International Workers’ Day, the DDoS attacks were launched 5 a.m. GMT and targeted more than a dozen Iranian government sites, including those of the Office of the Supreme Leader, state police and the Islamic Revolutionary Guards, according to SC Magazine.