Both major Iranian government websites and several media websites have been targeted by hackers claiming to be from Anonymous.
Tehran, Iran – Several Iranian government and state-affiliated media websites are down after a Twitter account linked to ‘Anonymous’ hacker collective claimed to have launched cyberattacks against them, aimed at supporting protests following Mahsa’s death Amini.
The 22-year-old woman from the northwestern province of Kurdistan died in Tehran on Friday after suffering a stroke and multiple heart attacks while detained by Iran’s so-called morality police for her “inappropriate” hijab, according to authorities and the state. media.
Iranian authorities have denied any allegations of ill-treatment or beatings of Amini and said she had pre-existing conditions that contributed to her death, but her family has denied the allegations.
A video released early Wednesday showed footage of protests in several Iranian cities that have erupted since Amini’s death.
“That was the last straw,” said the altered voice on the video, which claimed to be from Anonymous, of Amini’s death. “The Iranian people are not alone.”
It appears that the two main Iranian government websites were the main target of the attacks.
One is the government’s “smart services” website, where a host of online services are offered, and another aims to publish government news and interviews with officials.
“The entire database has been deleted,” said a social media account believed to be affiliated with Anonymous. The Iranian government has yet to officially comment on the allegations or attacks.
Several other websites, including Iran’s state television webpage, were also attacked and remained unavailable for some time.
Websites had crashed and been recovered several times Wednesday morning, indicating a struggle between hackers and website support.
At least three people have been killed in the protests so far, according to Esmail Zarei Kousha, the governor of Kurdistan.
The official, however, said the deaths were “suspicious” and appeared to be an attempt by “anti-revolutionary” groups to fan the flames of unrest across the country.
Iranian state media also reported on Wednesday that protests over Amini’s death had spread to 15 cities across the country.
The young woman’s death has sparked outrage in Iran and elsewhere, with videos showing women cutting their hair in protest against Iranian women’s veil laws.