Monday, June 22, 2009

Hackers attack Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting website

Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) website :

Wikinews reported on Friday that it had learned that the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) website had been hacked and was suffering from an alleged denial-of-service attack (DDoS). Wikinews says it discovered that an individual or group has claimed responsibility for attacking the website on an Iranian Internet forum. As part of the attack, at least one section of the IRIB website, an apparent user space, was replaced with what appears to be videos and images of protests within Iran. The page also contained the statement “hacked by the Iranian people.”

Wikinews says it has also discovered that citizens have set up Internet channels on IRC in an attempt to create proxy servers and addresses to bypass the the blocking of the Internet by the Iranian government. Proxy servers can also be used to attack websites.
(Source: Wikinews)

Andy Sennitt comments: I managed to get the site to load yesterday, but it was very slow. This morning the site would not load at all, so it appears that the situation is ongoing. Observations welcome. The English website of Press TV is operating normally.
Update 1315 UTC: The IRIB English page is available at:
(R Netherlands Media Network Weblog)

Recent logging on SW
IRAN 7235 kHz, Voice of Justice, tuned in at 0131 UTC (0130 sign-on) in English, with religious meditation, then into news. SINPO 33232. About 60% readable with close attention. Mention of "Death to America, Down with Israel." Turkmenistan congratulates Ahmadineabad on winning the election. Much on the health care debate in the US. Overall poor, not as good as two days ago. This day, the newscasters were alternately male (not well heard) and female (better understood) instead of one female as two days ago.
(Roger Chambers/ODXA)