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Iran's Majlis praises US-linked cyber ring arrest

16 March 2010 [13:50] - TODAY.AZ
After a 30-member US-backed cyber network was dismantled in Iran, members of the Parliament (Majlis) have praised efforts to bust one of the main gangs and cyber networks in the country.
"The joyful news about the arrest and dismantling of one of the biggest and main groups of cyber networks backed by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), which worked to gather information, once again disclosed another conspiracy against the Islamic Republic," said 220 parliamentarians in a letter to the Islamic Republic Guards Corps (IRGC).

The lawmakers added the IRGC arrested 30 US spies while their initial confessions indicated their deep enmity with Iran and unveiled their plans to damage the Iranian nation and ideals of the Islamic Revolution through agents inside the country.

The busted network had prepared ground for creating close contacts between Iranian Internet users and Western media and spreading rumors after last year's presidential election.

Iran's Judiciary said Saturday that the US-backed cyber network was established by anti-Iran groups, including the terrorist Mojahedin Khalq Organization (MKO).

In a statement, the Judiciary added that under Bush's Presidential Funding, a new campaign in the intelligence front — called the "cyber war" — was set up to engage Iran, with the help of the MKO, pro-monarchy groups and other anti-Iran cells.

One of the main projects of the campaign, the statement said, was a program called "Iran Proxy," which received a funding of 50 million dollars from the CIA and the US State Department.

Another major project of the campaign, it said, was a network called "Human Rights Activists," which was led by Keyvan Rafiei, Jamal Hosseini and Ahmad Batebi.

The network was tasked with recruiting people and sending them to an MKO camp in Iraq and other countries, where they would receive training, the statement said.

The network was also in close cooperation with "Lawyers Committee" and "Harana News service," it said.

The network, according to the confession of its arrested members, was also tasked with inviting people to attend illegal rallies and riots in the aftermath of the presidential election in June.

/Press TV/

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