Iranian regime’s failed attempts to disrupt opposition’s major summit
Every year, the Iranian Resistance, The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran) holds its Free Iran gathering. This year was different in that it was held online because of the current Coronavirus pandemic. It was nevertheless a major success and there were people from 30,000 locations around the world present for the online summit.
This event is one that greatly worries the Iranian regime because hundreds of guest speakers and influential political figures voice their support for the MEK that wants to see the regime collapse. Politicians, religious leaders, former administration officials, human rights activists, and so on, highlight the threat that the regime poses to regional and international security and peace and they discuss ways in which they can advance the movement for freedom for the people of Iran.
The Iranian regime had been plotting a cyberattack to impact the Free Iran Global Summit and to prevent it from having such widespread coverage. It targeted a number of websites, including iranntv.com and mojahedin.org that both show a live stream of the event. The regime also attempted to redirect queries to the MEK’s websites to other locations by hacking a web service provider.
However, the Iranian regime was unsuccessful in its attempts to disrupt the event and tens of thousands of people from more than 100 countries were able to view the event without issues. The event was also widely discussed on the internet, with the MEK indicating that Google reports indicate that there was an increase of 1,000 percent in searches about the MEK in both English and Farsi language.
The regime’s attempts, although fruitless, to disrupt the event show just how significant the MEK is and how much of a threat it presents to the survival of the regime. The regime is desperate to silence those that want freedom and democracy in the country, but the MEK has proven, time and time again, that it will not be silenced.
Representative of the Organization of Iranian Kurdistan Struggle (Khebat) tells 'Future of Iran' #IranConferenceNYC: We have become allies of the MEK & NCRI & we believe that the only way to achieve #FreeIran is to reject negotiations w/ mullahs' regime & fight for regime change. pic.twitter.com/tYsDLh6BlB
— M. Hanif Jazayeri (@HanifJazayeri) September 24, 2019
These cyberattacks are accompanied by many other efforts on behalf of the regime to disseminate misinformation and lies about the MEK. It has been using foreign media to spread untruths about the MEK and it has agents posted abroad that are tasked solely with propaganda missions.
Cyberterrorism is a threat that the Iranian regime is piling resources into so that it can hinder the Resistance movement. Furthermore, the regime uses internet censorship to hinder the activities of the peoples and MEK resistance units, and during major protests and uprisings, the regime has shut internet access down for days at a time, hoping to quell protests and stop information about the events from reaching media outlets abroad.
The people of Iran, however, are not letting the regime’s actions stop them from working towards freedom and democracy, and in fact, the people are more determined than ever to defy the regime and find new and creative ways to push the movement forward.
The regime is continuing to find ways to punish the opposition and it is working on technology to be able to identify supporters of the MEK so that they can be arrested and imprisoned.
.@SecPompeo comments on the Iranian regime’s misinformation campaign surrounding the Virus that originated in Wuhan and describes ways the United States continues to try to help the people of Iran. pic.twitter.com/9eekimqxCW
— Department of State (@StateDept) March 18, 2020
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