State TV hacked during a speech by Ayatollah Khamenei, target of cyber attack

During the television news, a photo was broadcast of the supreme guide of the regime, the body surrounded by flames and the head in a viewfinder, accompanied by various messages. The cyber attack was claimed by a group supporting the protest movement in the country.

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“The blood of our youth is dripping from your fingers.” Iranian state television was briefly interrupted on Saturday, October 8, by a hack targeting the regime’s supreme guide, who gave a speech. During this speech, broadcast on TV news, a picture of Ali Khamenei appeared for several seconds, his body surrounded by flames and his head in a viewfinder.

“It’s time to put away your furniture (…) and find another place to settle your family outside of Iran”, we can read on one of the messages accompanying the still image. The cyber attack was claimed by a group calling itself Edalat-e Ali (Ali’s Justice) which supports the protest movement sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini.

Several foreign media in Persian shared a video of the cyber attack. At the end of the video, the Iranian newscaster can be seen looking tense, his eyes fixed on the camera. In Iran, Tasnim news agency confirmed that state television “was briefly hacked by anti-revolutionary agents”.

Iran has been rocked by massive protests since the death of this 22-year-old Iranian Kurdish woman on September 16.three days after his arrest in Tehran by the morality police for violating the Islamic Republic’s strict dress code for women, including wearing the veil. The repression of these protests has claimed the lives of at least 95 people since mid-September Iran Human rights.