state television hacked during a speech by Ayatollah Khamenei, targeted by the cyberattack

During the news, a photo of the regime’s supreme guide was broadcast, his body surrounded by flames and his head in the viewfinder, accompanied by several messages. The cyber attack was claimed by a group that supports the protest movement in the country.

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“The blood of our youth is dripping from your fingers.” Iranian state television was briefly interrupted on Saturday 8 October by a hacker attack targeting the regime’s supreme leader, who was giving a speech. During this speech, broadcast during the news, an image of Ali Khamenei appeared on the screen for a few seconds, his body surrounded by flames and his head in the viewfinder.

“Time to put away your furniture (…) and find yourself another place to settle your family outside of Iran”, we can read one of the messages accompanying the still image. The cyber attack was claimed by a group calling itself Edalat-e Ali (Ali’s Justice), which supports the protest movement sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini.

Several foreign media in Persian shared a video showing the cyber attack. At the end of the video, the Iranian journalist sees himself tense, his eyes fixed on the camera. In Iran, the Tasnim news agency confirmed that state television had done so “was hacked for a while by anti-revolutionary agents”.

Iran has been rocked by major protests since the September 16 death of this 22-year-old Iranian Kurdish woman, tthree days after his arrest in Tehran by the moral police for violating the Islamic Republic’s strict dress code for women, including the wearing of the headscarf. The crackdown on these protests has killed at least 95 people since mid-September, according to the NGO Human rights in Iran.

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