According to the statement, individuals in Bahrain and Iran hacked servers in order to carry out this crime, while the Iranian Regime was the main source behind 40,000 emails designed to disrupt Bahrain’s parliamentary and municipality elections.
Not the first time
Earlier this year, the three biggest social media parent companies, Twitter, Facebook Inc., which owns Facebook and Instagram, and Alphabet Inc., which owns YouTube and the now-defunct Google+, removed hundreds of accounts and millions of comments, updates, and other content that was linked to paid Iranian Regime hackers.
Facebook removed 254 pages and 392 accounts on Facebook and Instagram that pretended to be ordinary Western citizens but were fake accounts posting pro-regime propaganda. While Twitter deleted 10 million tweets that may have been the product of state-backed operations by Russia and Iran, with 770 accounts traced back to Iran.
Ben Nimmo, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab, said: “The Iranian operation was clumsy. It tried to use social media to draw people towards pro-regime messaging sites.”
Iranian Resistance response
The Iranian Resistance welcomed the decision by these social media giants to hit back against the Iranian Regime’s propaganda campaign, with is designed to destabilise the rest of the world and make it easier for Iran to take control in the Middle East and eventually across the world.
They wrote: “[This] emphasizes the need to comprehensively confront the regime’s Internet terrorism. [We] call on social networks and other Internet organizations like Wikipedia to completely clean up their networks from the agents of the mullahs’ regime who used the previous policy of appeasement to infiltrate these networks and misuse their services.
Such action is needed to guarantee the free flow of information and the fight against state terrorism, the epicentre of which is the religious fascism ruling Iran.”
Iran’s cyberwar apparatus
The Iranian cyber army is run by the Revolutionary Guards and the Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS) and their mission is to mislead, spread disinformation, demonize the Iranian Resistance, and prevent the free flow of information. The ultimate goal of the cyber army is to fuel the appeasement policy and dissuade the international community from taking appropriate action against the mullahs, while also setting the scene for terrorism against the Iranian Resistance.