TEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- Hackers have shut down the Web sites of several hundred Shiite clerics and seminary schools.
The hackers are reportedly
Sunni Muslims based outside Iran, with sectarian motive.
A source told FNA on Thursday that the hackers were Vahabite Sunnis based in the United Arab Emirates and blocked access to 300 sites.
The hacking group, including 250 IT experts, has spent over USD300 million to hack the main server of the Shiite sites, which belongs to the International Institute of Al-ol-Beit. The institute is run by the Grand Ayatollah Sistani, the Iraqi Shiite leader with Iranian origin.
Hackers have warned in their statement that their efforts would continue forever.
This has been the most serious cyber attack of its kind in the past few years.
Reports said that the sites are coming back to normal operation.
The move followed the provocative remarks by an Egyptian Sunni leader who asked Sunni Muslims to deter promotion of Shiite ideology.
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