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Iran Taking Government Websites Offline, Switching To State Controlled Internet

Iran has been the target of some high-profile attacks including Stuxnet andFlame, which have targeted Iran’s nuclear and oil facilities. Both attacks were carried out by the US government, working in conjunction with the Israeli government, though neither has ever officially confirmed it.

The Telegraph is reporting that Reza Taghipour, Iran’s telecommunications minister, said the step was being taken because sensitive intelligence was vulnerable on the internet, which he said was untrustworthy because it was controlled by “one or two” countries hostile to Iran.

“The establishment of the national intelligence network will create a situation where the precious intelligence of the country won’t be accessible to these powers,” Mr Taghipour told a conference on Sunday at Tehran’s Amir Kabir University.

Iran is planning on doing away with the world wide web completely and wants to replace it with an intranet within the next 18 months. The move to take state agencies offline is the first step in this plan.

Nima Rashedan, an Iranian cyber-security specialist based in the Czech Republic, told The Telegraph the domestic network was unlikely to be effective. “In terms of cyber security, Iran is one of the most backward countries I know,” he said. “Because of the dis-functionality of the government, I don’t think they will be able to implement it properly.” Link

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