DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – Iran’s Atomic Energy Agency claimed on Sunday that hackers acting on behalf of an unidentified foreign country broke into a subsidiary’s network and had free access to its email system.
An anonymous hacking group claimed responsibility for the attack on Iran’s Atomic Energy Agency and demanded Tehran that the political prisoners held in the recent nationwide protests. The group said it had leaked 50 gigabytes of internal emails, contracts and construction plans related to Iran Russian-backed nuclear power plant in Bushehr and shared the files on his Telegram channel. It was unclear whether the compromised system contained classified material.
The hack comes as Iran continues to face nationwide unrest first sparked by the September 16 death Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman in police custody for allegedly breaking the country’s strict Islamic dress code. On Sunday, Iran’s leading teachers’ association reported that sit-ins have canceled classes at multiple schools across the country in protest of the government’s crackdown on student protesters.
the protests first targeting the state-mandated hijab, or headscarf, for women, but transformed into one of the biggest challenges facing the country’s ruling clergy. Protesters have clashed with police and have even called for the downfall of the Islamic Republic itself. Human rights groups estimate that security forces have fired live ammunition and tear gas to disperse demonstrations, which have left more than 200 people dead.
Iran’s civilian nuclear branch said hackers hacked into the email system used by a company that operates the country’s only nuclear power plant in the southern port city of Bushehr. The agency blamed a “foreign country” for the attack, without elaborate. Iran has previously accused the United States and Israel for cyber attacks that have affected the country’s infrastructure.
“These illegal attempts out of desperation are intended to attract the public’s attention,” the organization said.
An anonymous hacking group calling itself “Black Reward” posted on Telegram what appeared to be files containing contracts, construction plans and details about equipment at the Bushehr plant, which went online in 2011 with help from Russia.
“Unlike Westerners, we do not flirt with criminal mullahs,” the group wrote.
Meanwhile, the Coordinating Council for the Teachers’ Union, Iran’s main teachers’ association that voiced the protests, reported that schools, largely in Iran’s Kurdish provinces, have heeded its call to boycott Sunday’s classes in protest against the death and detention. of students in the past month of turmoil. There was no immediate recognition of the strikes from the authorities.
The union shared photos of teachers holding up protest signs saying “Woman, life, freedom” instead of teaching in schools in the Kurdish cities of Sanandaj, Marivan, Kermanshah and Saqez, as well as in West Azerbaijan and mountainous provinces. Hamadan.
“Schools have become barracks and tear gas is being thrown into the faces of primary school students,” a teacher wrote in a letter shared by the union. “History will record the names of this brave generation.”
Campuses have long been a flashpoint for unrest in Iran, including during the 1953 student protests under the Western-backed Shah and during the 1999 pro-democracy demonstrations under former reformist President Mohammad Khatami.
At the prestigious Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, the scene of an hours-long siege by security forces Earlier this month, which ended with the arrest of dozens of students, protests erupted when students tore down the male-female dividing wall in the campus cafeteria, a student union said.
“Freedom! Freedom! Freedom!” the huge crowd of students screamed to the top of their lungs, images showed, their fists pumping in the air.
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