Internet Blocking

February 21, 2017

Briefing Report: Tracking Twitter’s Growing Popularity in Iran

Briefing Report: Tracking Twitter’s Growing Popularity in Iran Twitter was partially unblocked in Iran by the authorities during the last two months of 2016, paving the way for millions to access it, according to an investigation by the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. The quiet unblocking of the social media network in November 2016 was followed by an uptick in usage of the site by […]... read more
October 13, 2016

Ten Things You Should Know About Iran’s Multi-Billion Dollar National Internet Project

Ten Things You Should Know About Iran’s Multi-Billion Dollar National Internet Project “National Internet” Aims to Give State Control Over Iranians’ Access to Information A few months after the Iranian government launched the first phase of its “national information network” (NIN), many questions still surround Iran’s domestically hosted, state-controlled and censored internet. In this article, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran discusses ten critical questions […]... read more
September 9, 2016

Iranian Judiciary Must Stop Punishing Media for Reporting Officials’ Corruption

Iranian Judiciary Must Stop Punishing Media for Reporting Officials’ Corruption September 9, 2016—Iran’s Judiciary must halt the prosecution of media outlets which carried out their journalist duty in publishing reports on alleged corruption in the Tehran Municipality and City Council, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said in a statement today. Unless they are found guilty of a crime in court, the websites […]... read more
August 31, 2016

Hackers Exploit Android Phone Security Flaw to Target Activists

Hackers Exploit Android Phone Security Flaw to Target Activists Suspected state-sponsored hackers have intensified their attempts to break into the online accounts of Iranian rights activists in recent weeks by exploiting security vulnerabilities in Android smartphones, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned.  On August 11, 2016 an unknown person sent a message on Facebook to a prominent Iranian political activist […]... read more
August 22, 2016

Prominent Labor Activist’s Wife Awaits Verdict for Alleged Facebook Post

Prominent Labor Activist’s Wife Awaits Verdict for Alleged Facebook Post Najibeh Salehzadeh was never shown the “evidence” Najibeh Salehzadeh, who says she was falsely charged for posting “insulting” material on Facebook, is awaiting a verdict following her trial at Branch 1 of the Revolutionary Court in the city of Saqqez in Iran’s Kurdistan Province. “On Monday [August 15] my son and I went to the […]... read more
August 16, 2016

Android Phone Users in Iran Face New Threat by Hackers

Android Phone Users in Iran Face New Threat by Hackers Popular Telegram App Remains Main Target Hackers posing as friends are using phone numbers based in the UK to contact civil rights and political activists in Iran to gain access to their email and social media accounts, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned. When the targets don’t recognize the “old friend,” […]... read more
August 12, 2016

Man Imprisoned for Facebook Posts Seeks Reduced Sentence

Man Imprisoned for Facebook Posts Seeks Reduced Sentence Soheil Arabi, whose death sentence for “insulting the prophet” was struck down by Iran’s Supreme Court in 2015 but remains imprisoned for posting comments critical of the Islamic Republic on social media, is seeking a reduced prison term. A source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that although the death sentence against […]... read more
July 25, 2016

Real Target of Tehran’s Demand for Apple to Open Office in Iran is US Sanctions

Real Target of Tehran’s Demand for Apple to Open Office in Iran is US Sanctions Tehran’s recent ultimatum to Apple, the US tech giant, to open up an office in Iran or face a ban on Apple products in the country, was presented as a bid to end the loss of tax revenue from millions of iPhones smuggled into Iran, but its real goal is to break through the wall […]... read more
July 8, 2016

Man Who Was Imprisoned in Iran for Posting Jokes on Facebook Denied Timely Appeal Verdict

Man Who Was Imprisoned in Iran for Posting Jokes on Facebook Denied Timely Appeal Verdict Soheil Babadi has written an open letter detailing the torture he experienced during interrogations. Computer engineer Soheil Babadi, who was imprisoned in Iran for posting jokes on a satirical Facebook page, has been waiting close to a year for a ruling on his appeal against his prison sentence. The authorities have meanwhile refused to release […]... read more
June 3, 2016

Negligence by Major Tech Companies like Google and Telegram Aiding Iran’s Cyber Army

Negligence by Major Tech Companies like Google and Telegram Aiding Iran’s Cyber Army Tech Giants’ Failure to Implement Security Measures Endangers Millions of Users Large technology firms are failing to provide sophisticated and country-specific user security measures, and as a result, are helping Iran’s state agencies target Iranian citizens online, an investigation by the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has found. By not upgrading their security […]... read more
June 3, 2016

Hardline Council Fires New Shot against Rouhani Administration in Battle Over Social Media in Iran

Hardline Council Fires New Shot against Rouhani Administration in Battle Over Social Media in Iran Directive Forcing Messaging Apps to Store User Data in Iran Would Give Authorities Access to Accounts The directive by Iran’s Supreme Cyberspace Council to require social messaging apps to start storing user data in Iran within a year was the result of a majority vote by people directly appointed to the body by Supreme Leader […]... read more
April 26, 2016

Revolutionary Guards’ Cyber Attacks Now Directed at Rouhani Cabinet Members

Revolutionary Guards’ Cyber Attacks Now Directed at Rouhani Cabinet Members IRGC Actively Recruiting Technical Experts to Staff New Hacking Team April 26, 2016—Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, who have long waged cyber attacks against the country’s activists and journalists, have extended their hacking attacks to Rouhani administration officials, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned, including close associates of President Hassan Rouhani and his […]... read more