Iran busts Facebook band involved in criminal acts


The Internet group had a mission to spread corruption, change the Iranian lifestyle and target the families across the country.

The Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) said it has identified and arrested members of a cyber-group involved in propagating obscene contents on the Internet via Facebook.

An IRGC center combating organized cyber-crime said in a statement on Saturday that it has managed to arrest the major elements behind those criminal activities in an operation, codenamed Spider.

Those captured, who received indirect and covert support from the Western governments, had targeted a remarkable number of Facebook users in the guise of cultural and social pages over a span of two years, the statement said.

The Internet group had a mission to “spread corruption, change the Iranian lifestyle and target the families across the country,” it added.

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei had already warned against hostile moves by enemies of Iran to damage the country’s cultural values, and urged authorities to deal with the issue of cultural onslaught in a wise, calculated manner.

In December 2013, the Leader urged caution in dealing with the cultural onslaught launched against Iran by the enemies – particularly the US – and emphasized the need for vigilance in the face of “activity of hundreds of print and electronic media in the world with the certain aim of affecting the Iranian nation’s mind and behavior.”

Emad Askarieh has worked as a journalist since 2002. The main focus of his work is foreign policy and world diplomacy. He started his career at Iran Front Page Media Group, and is currently serving as the World Editor and the Vice-President for Executive Affairs at the Iran Front Page (IFP) news website.


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