Four days following the takeover of Tehran Municipality’s servers, security cameras, platforms and applications, Municipality officials have issued a statement banning their employees from turning on their computers from Monday, June 6, “until further notice.”
This statement, published on Sunday, June 5, defines the reasoning behind these instructions as “recent complications seen in the Tehran Municipality applications and especially the internal portals across the city of Tehran.” These instructions emphasize that only “some devices” can become activated to conduct “the most urgent matters” under the “responsibility of the highest officials” and in “coordination with the Tehran Information and Technology Protection Organization.”
The Tehran Municipality statement issued to its employees reads as follows:
Urgent – Extremely Important
Message from Tehran Municipality
All respectable deputies of Tehran Municipality, directors of various areas, heads of departments and independent organizations
Orders from the respectable Mayor of Tehran and his instructions,
Considering recent complications seen in the Tehran Municipality applications and especially the internal portals across the city of Tehran, please order all relevant personnel to refrain from turning on their computers from Monday, June 6, until further notice. As a reminder, only those devices can link to the Tehran Municipality network that are in coordination with the Tehran Information and Technology Protection Organization and are indicated in the sent (attached) list, and only for the most urgent matters under the responsibility of the highest officials.
It goes without saying that in the case of any breach or unwanted images posted on the application, relevant officials must obtain the necessary documents and report the matter to the Tehran Information and Technology Protection Organization. A copy must also be sent to the Tehran Municipality Office.
It is worth noting that no suspension of work or leave for groups of personnel who are in contact with the Tehran Municipality applications is permitted. This especially goes for those employees in the City Electronic Office, the Department of City Construction and Regional Architecture, the Outer City Construction Department, the Department of Finances and Administration, and the Department of Revenue and Reconstruction that are in direct contact with the people and have become inactive. It is necessary to maintain claim and use other capacities to prevent turmoil.
From the initial hours of [Monday, June 6], inspectors and relative representatives in all abovementioned departments should conduct the mentioned and necessary inspections. Any shortcomings will be considered as administrative violations by the highest officials and directors and can be prosecuted.
Marking the anniversary of the death of first regime supreme leader Ruhollah Khomeini, the Resistance Units, a network of dissidents inside Iran linked to the Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), conducted an extensive operation, in which they controlled and took down 5,138 Closed Circuit Cameras (CCTVs) installed at Khomeini’s Tomb, government centers, and different parts of the Iranian capital. This network of security cameras is controlled at a headquarters in Tehran’s Municipality.
The offices of regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, President Ebrahim Raisi, the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS), the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and the State Security Force Command (SSFC) use these cameras. This vast network is one of the principal instruments of surveillance and suppression used by the clerical regime. In recent years, these cameras have been used to identify and detain protesters taking part in popular uprisings and protests.
These surveillance cameras are installed in many areas of the capital, including the following:
- Around government offices located in Tehran’s Pasteur Street and surrounding areas, including the offices of Khamenei, Raisi, the Judiciary, the Guardian Council, the Majlis (parliament), and elsewhere.
- At Khomeini’s Tomb in the Behesht-e Zahra Cemetery (south of Tehran)
- At Behesht-e Zahra Cemetery
- In other parts of Tehran
- In streets and expressways across Tehran
In this major operation, planned months in advance, the Resistance Units took control over more than 150 websites and platforms of Tehran’s Municipality at 12:30 pm local time of Thursday, June 2. Images of the Iranians Resistance leadership Massoud Rajavi and Maryam Rajavi, and slogans of “Hail to Rajavi, Damned be Khomeini, Death to Khamenei” were posted on the compromised websites and platforms.
As part of the operation, the servers of the Tehran municipality were used to send SMS to more than 585,000 phones with the message, “Damned be Khomeini, death to Khamenei and Raisi, Hail to Rajavi.”
Complete specifications of 269 CCTVs in Behesht-e Zahra Cemetery, 270 CCTVs in downtown Tehran, 1,377 CCTVs on Tehran’s expressways, 3,222 Milestone CCTVs in Tehran that were taken down, and complete details of 2,185 servers controlling these cameras, that were also taken over, along with 168 servers for the cameras and their security management, are available.
This is the latest in a series of offensive measures undertaken by the Resistance Units against the regime’s agencies and ministries, whose primary task is to wage propaganda and engage in censorship, and intimidate the public.
On Monday, March 14, at 9:30 am Tehran time, dozens of websites belonging to the Iranian regime’s Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance were defaced to show photos of Massoud and Maryam Rajavi. The webpages also contained a crossed-out picture of Khamenei and written slogans “Death to Khamenei. Viva Rajavi.”
According to reports, by 11 am, 64 websites had been defaced and shut down. Also, at least 77 servers and 280 devices belonging to the Ministry of Culture were out of service.
In January, a major disruption took place at more than a dozen state-run TV and radio stations, in which footage of Massoud and Maryam Rajavi were aired along with audio slogans of “Death to Khamenei!” and “Viva Rajavi!”
Reports from inside the regime indicate that more than 600 TV and radio servers were offline and destroyed during the disruption.
“More than 400 TV and radio servers were offline and completely destroyed,” according to sources providing reports from inside Iran’s TV and radio networks.
“Footage related to the MEK were suddenly aired at 3 pm local time on 14 TV and 13 radio stations, and we were caught off guard,” according to reports from inside the regime.
It took the regime several weeks to recover from the attack and its programming to return to its normal procedure.