Iran Tricks Journalists to Launch Online Disinformation Campaign

NewsBlaze News | 3/30/2019 | Staff
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Recently Facebook and Twitter revealed they had removed a network of accounts linked to the Iranian government. They had attempted to launch an online Disinformation campaign.

Microsoft said it seized 99 websites used by Iranian hackers to steal sensitive information and launch other cyber attacks.

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The company said the group, which it has been tracking since 2013, tried to snoop on activists, journalists, political dissidents, defense industry workers and others in the Middle East, including some who were “protesting oppressive regimes” in the region.

Hackers did so by tricking people in those organizations to click on malicious links disguised to resemble well-known brands, including Microsoft and its LinkedIn, Outlook and Windows products, Microsoft said in court filings.

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In another event, a German court ordered Spiegel to urgently remove two defamations about the People’s Mojahedin.

The German magazine Der Spiegel was summonsed by a Hamburg court. The summons requested urgent withdrawal of two defamatory stories about the People’s Mojahedin.

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“A court in Hamburg, Germany, has just ordered the weekly Der Spiegel to remove from its article of 16 February 2019 two defamations targeting the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI or in Persian, MeK) and its members in Albania.”

The magazine was informed of the court’s decision on March 22. According to the sentence, Spiegel must remove the two defamations within 24 hours of its February 16, 2019 issue, failing which the magazine would be liable to a fine of up to €250,000 or a six-month prison sentence. The magazine complied within 24 hours and removed the defamations in question from its German and English PDF version on its website.

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On February 16, in the aftermath of two major Iranian demonstrations in Warsaw and the Munich Summit (February 16-18), Der Spiegel magazine published an article full of gross defamation against the PMOI and its members in Albania.

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