Iran: Cyber activists and users arrested in various provinces
The officials have a long history of crackdown on Iranian cyber activists, Internet users and social media admins.
The head of the Tehran Police Hossein Rahimi said that an element of cyberspace was arrested in Nezam Abad.
“Following the publishing of profanity by a number of troublemakers against each other which created an atmosphere of fear in cyberspace, police were tasked with the issue after judicial coordination”, he added.
“In the ensuing technical and intelligence measures, one of the main culprits of this issue was identified and arrested in Nezam Abad”.
Rahimi said that three other elements were also identified and arrested in Shahre Rey and Khomeini airport, according to the state-run ILNA news agency report on December 13, 2017.
The head of the Golestan Cyber Police said on December 20, 2017, that a person who published lies against a Golestan official was arrested, according to the state-run Tasnim news agency.
“The legal representative of one of the organizations said that an unknown person was publishing lies to blacken the image of the CEO of the organization. After initial investigations, it was found that certain people had launched a channel on one of the social networks and were uploading the cited content”, Vahid Sahebkaran said.
“As a result of the technical and intelligence measures of the province’s Cyber Police, two of the suspects were identified and their computers and telecommunications equipment were confiscated. They were both taken to prison”, he added.
The state-run ILNA news agency on December 19, cited Gorgan Prosecutor Mostafa Haghi as saying that the administrator of 110 Telegram channels was arrested in this city.
“This person made another group every time his channel was filtered”, he added.
“He was arrested and imprisoned with the cooperation of the Cyber Police after a case was filed for him in the Gorgan court”, the Gorgan Prosecutor added.
The Gonabad Police Commander said that the Cyber Police in this town identified and arrested the administrator of a Telegram channel, according to the state-run Government news agency report on December 19, 2017.
“Cyber Police experts made observations in cyberspace and identified a channel with more than 283 members. The channel was active in publishing content and persuading people to resort to immoral conduct. Cyber Police experts identified the administrator of the channel who is a young man by the name of Abolfazl, and arrested him after judicial coordination”, Ali-Akbar Kiani added.