Iran’s ruling regime has recently had its hands full with nationwide protests against rising prices of basic foodstuffs, followed by people taking to the streets in many cities following the collapse , on May 23, of the ten-storey Metropol tower in Abadan, in the south-west of Iran, which left at least 37 dead. Circumstances have become extremely precarious, such that any protests of any kind are likely to quickly turn into contagious anti-regime rallies that spread quickly and furiously across the country like wildfire.
To add insult to injury, on Thursday June 2, the Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) reported that members of its affiliated network of “resistance units in Iran had shot down more than 5,000 security cameras belonging to the Tehran municipality. and downgraded several of its websites.
These security cameras, websites and various servers containing sensitive data are constantly used by the offices of Supreme Regime Leader Ali Khamenei, Regime Chairman Ebrahim Raisi, Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS), security guards Revolution (IRGC), State Police, and other entities to maintain close watch over millions of increasingly enraged and defiant people.
Dozens of servers and data centers affiliated with the Tehran Municipal Information Technology Center were compromised, leading to the degradation of dozens of state websites and platforms, showing images of the leader of the Iranian Resistance, Mr. Massoud Rajavi, and Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of Iran. opposition coalition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI). Taking Thursday’s initiative to another level, more than 585,000 text messages were sent through Tehran Municipality’s servers to residents of the Iranian capital bearing this message:
“Cursed be Khomeini! Death to Khamenei and Raisi! Hello Rajavi!
This security breach causes major embarrassment for the establishment, especially on the anniversary of the death of the regime’s first supreme leader, Ruhollah Khomeini, on June 3, 1989. It also creates a climate of mistrust within of the regime’s security establishment which has an overwhelming effect. to weaken the regime at its deepest roots, now and in the long term. More importantly, it encourages Iranians that there is an organized opposition movement that can easily penetrate and damage even the most secretive and tightly controlled regime agencies.
Tehran Mayor Alireza Zakani has sent an “important and urgent” message to all regime officials regarding the “network of Tehran Municipality being hacked by state-sworn dissidents”. Zakani specifically warned that the entire apparatus of the regime should be on “one hundred percent high alert” to these developments.
What makes this recent setback all the more damning for the mullahs’ regime is the fact that it is the fourth such blow in the past four months alone. The previous three cases before Thursday’s attack were:
- January 27, 2022 – State television/radio network suppressed and slogans “Death to Khamenei” and “Hail to Rajavi” broadcast through 27 state media networks.
- March 14, 2022 – Dismantling and defacing of dozens of platforms associated with the regime’s Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance and dissemination of images of Massoud and Maryam Rajavi, and an image of Khamenei defaced with an “X” red while calling for continued protests and an uprising to overthrow the mullahs’ regime.
- April 25, 2022 – Removal and degradation of more than 100 servers and computers, dozens of applications and databases, 37 websites and 12 internal platforms associated with the Ministry of Agriculture’s Jihad during the broadcast images of Iranian Resistance leaders and the image of Khamenei with a red “X”.
Security cameras are the tools used by the mullahs’ regime to impose their national climate of fear and oppression. The regime’s security apparatus has spent hundreds of millions of dollars buying and installing this vast network, while stressing for years that “the main objective of our police is to install more closed-circuit cameras”, according to an article in the official Hamshahri daily. back in early 2017.
“Khamenei himself constantly insists on increasing the number of police stations throughout the country” and “equipping all these sites with security cameras”, according to remarks made in early 2017 by Mehdi Masoum Beigi, a senior commander of the regime’s State Security Force. Command (CFSS).
By installing all these security cameras, the regime intends to make all Iranians feel watched 24/7. Thus, in the hope of forcing all those who are determined and determined to oppose the regime to think long and hard and ultimately succumb to the status quo and iron fist of the regime.
However, in recent years, and particularly with an increase in their initiatives in recent months, the PMOI/MEK-affiliated network of resistance units across Iran has shown how the regime can be targeted by well-planned measures targeting the very heart of the mullahs’ power.
These measures have an inspiring effect on an already tumultuous society that takes every opportunity to voice its demands for regime change. This is exactly what keeps Khamenei and Raisi awake at night, so all their decisions, both on domestic affairs and foreign policy matters, are made with this central point in mind.