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Group threatens ayatollah in hack of Iranian Foreign Ministry, then leaks trove of delicate knowledge

An Iranian “Hacktivist” group gained entry to Iran’s Foreign Ministry servers and leaked a trove of information earlier than defacing the ministry’s web site.

The group, referred to as GhyamSarnegouni, translated as “Rise to Overthrow,” introduced on its web site Sunday it was accountable for taking down web sites belonging to Iran’s Foreign Ministry. The group additionally leaked a trove of information, together with identification paperwork, ministry correspondence, cellphone numbers, and the names of over 11,000 of the ministry’s workers, in keeping with a report from Iran International.

The official Iranian Foreign Ministry web site remained down as of late Sunday morning, displaying a message that mentioned it was “present process scheduled upkeep and upgrades.”


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Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamanei (Iranian Leaders Press Office – Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Earlier Sunday, variations of the Iranian Foreign Ministry web site in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Munich, Germany, and Seoul, South Korea, have been hacked with a message focusing on Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

“Death to Khamenei, Hail Rajavi,” learn the message.

Rajavi doubtless refers back to the lacking chief of the Iranian exile group Mujahedeen-e-Khalq or his spouse Maryam, who has change into the general public face of the group, in keeping with The Associated Press.

“There is a superb revolution in Iran, the rebellion will go till the demolition of the palace of oppression,” the message continued.

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A hearth burns throughout a protest on the streets of Iran. (Credit: NCRI)


Hacking teams have more and more focused the web sites and providers of official authorities businesses since anti-regime protests started sweeping the nation final 12 months, together with a hack of over 5,000 authorities safety cameras and 150 web sites belonging to the native authorities in Tehran. Hackers have been additionally capable of breach Iran’s atomic power company in October of final 12 months.

Documents obtained within the newest hack revealed correspondence between Iran and European officers over a proposed prisoner swap of Iranian diplomat Asadollah Assadi, who’s being held in Belgium, for Belgian support employee Olivier Vandecasteele, in keeping with Iran International.

Assadi is serving a 20-year sentence in Belgium for his position in plotting a bombing assault towards an Iranian resistance group assembly close to Paris in 2018. Vandecasteele was arrested by Iranian safety forces in 2022 and faces allegations of “spying and cooperation with the United States, cash laundering and smuggling $500,000 out of Iran.” 

Protests in Iran

Iranians protest the demise of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini after she was detained by the morality police. (AP/Middle East Images, File)

Vandecasteele was sentenced in January to 40 years in jail and 74 lashes for the costs the Belgian authorities has name “arbitrary.”

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