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Former World Chess Champion rejects notion of moderation under Rouhani.

By INU Staff
INU - Garry Kasparov, the former World Chess Champion wrote in his Facebook that “comments from Iranians, mostly those abroad, of course, that they support Iranian "moderates" and "reformers" are giving me memories of the USSR. There was always talk about this faction in the Party or that group in the Politburo, liberals or reformers or whatever, but they all served the same system. All dictatorships work similarly, and don't believe that change”

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Iranian Cyberattacks Support Domestic Repression, Propaganda Against US

By INU staff

INU - On Thursday, it was widely reported that Obama administration officials were among the targets of a large number of recent cyberattacks originating in the Islamic Republic of Iran. The incidents also affected a range of Western journalists and academics, reflecting an escalating Iranian cybersecurity threat, which various IT analysts have warned about in recent weeks and months.

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Activists Pushing Back Against Expanding Repression in Iran, but to Little Avail

By INU staff

INU - PC World reported on Monday that new research by Symantec had revealed two active hacker groups that have been hard at work targeting activists and their associates. Both can be proven to have been operating since the middle of last year, but their work may in fact date back to 2011. According to Symantec, this has allowed them to accumulate a tremendous amount of information, which could be used to justify more hands-on repression within the country.

Over the past several months, there have been various warnings from Western intelligence communities and computer security firms regarding the expansion of Iran’s cyberterrorism and cyberespionage capabilities. Last month, Interpol reported that European security professionals had destroyed an Iranian hacking ring that was dedicated to a rash of phishing attacks focused on human rights activists, journalists, and Iranians with connections in the West. But now it is not clear to what extent that victory had an impact on the overall integrity of the Iranian hacking infrastructure.

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Outcry over Handshake Demonstrates Continued Iranian Hostility

By INU staff

INU - On Tuesday, The Guardian reported upon the reaction among Iranian hardliners to reports that President Obama and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif briefly shook hands when they encountered each other at the gathering of the UN General Assembly. The incident is arguably representative of overall relations between Iran and the United States since the election of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. That is to say that any outreach to the US tends to be outweighed by a disproportionate display of continued hostility.

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Iran – Student Day: Regime intensifies suppression, cancels public events

NCRI - Fearful of student protests, the Iranian regime has stationed suppressive forces on a massive scale in the streets and squares around Tehran and Sharif Industrial universities. The Basij forces and the anti-riot units of the State Security Forces (SSF) have set up checkpoints in Engelab Square and Azadi Street. Regime’s elements apprehensively inspect vehicles in this district and prevent traffic on foot to Azadi Street. At Tehran University, regime’s intelligence elements check student IDs and prevent students from other universities from entering.

In many cities the Iranian regime obstructed ceremonies related to the Student Day upon various pretexts. In Qom, the program related to the Student Day was cancelled and instead burial ceremony was held for regime’s hirelings that had died in Syria. In the universities of Hamedan and Ahwaz debates that were to be held in these universities were all cancelled. The Student Day program at Medical Sciences University of Shahrekord was also cancelled on pretext of disruptions.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
December 7, 2015

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Airbnb-Type Service in Iran is Cause for Human Rights Concern

By INU staff

INU - On Thursday, The Guardian reported that a Swiss company had begun operating a service in Iran similar to the Airbnb website that allows people in some 34,000 cities around the world to pay for temporary lodging in the private homes of local residents. The venture has reportedly gone forward with official sanction from the Iranian government, but travelers might be well advised to be wary of the service, especially if they are Iranian citizens traveling between any of the nine cities now listed by the service.

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