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Iran set to scuttle Internet in a suitcase plan: Minister

Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran

Iranian Communications and Information Technology Minister Reza Taqipour has said that Iran has taken the necessary technical measures to thwart the "Internet in a suitcase" plan.

Reza Taqipour 

"Certain measures that the United States and its allies are adopting are examples of cyber terrorism," Taqipour told reporters on Saturday.

The New York Times reported on June 12 that the U.S. administration is leading a global effort to deploy "shadow" Internet and mobile phone systems that dissidents can use to undermine governments that seek to silence them by censoring or shutting down telecommunications networks.


The effort includes secretive projects to create independent cellphone networks inside foreign countries, as well as one operation out of a spy novel in a fifth-floor shop on L Street in Washington, where a group of young entrepreneurs who look as if they could be in a garage band are fitting deceptively innocent-looking hardware into a prototype "Internet in a suitcase."

Financed with a $2 million State Department grant, the suitcase could be secreted across a border and quickly set up to allow wireless communication over a wide area with a link to the global Internet.

Iranian Army capable of countering cyber threats: commander

Army Commander Ahmadreza Pourdastan has said that the Iranian Army is adequately prepared to counter any possible cyber threats against the Islamic Republic.

"Iranian armed forces are capable of carrying out offensive and defensive cyber operations," Brigadier General Pourdastan told the Mehr News Agency on Saturday.

The Army is fully prepared to defend the country against cyber attacks, he said. "We are not afraid that other countries are turning to (strategies and tactics of) cyber war because we are also familiar with cyberspace."

The top commander went on to say, "The Iranian defense industries have manufactured the required equipment for this purpose enabling us to counter the enemies' cyber threats."

Iran has recently announced its plan to establish the country's first cyber command.

The general outlines of the cyber command have been prepared by the Supreme National Security Council, the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution, and senior officials of the armed forces.

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