Mullahs Plan to Unplug Internet !

Recently, the Wall Street Journal had a report that said: Iran vows to unplug internet . The report said: “Iran is taking steps toward an aggressive new form of censorship: a so-called national Internet that could, in effect, disconnect Iranian cyberspace from the rest of the world . The leadership in Iran sees the project as a way to end the fight for control of the Internet, according to observers of Iranian policy inside and outside the country. Iran, already among the most sophisticated nations in online censoring , also promotes its national Internet as a cost-saving measure for consumers and as a way to uphold Islamic moral codes … It’s part of a broader effort to confront what the regime now considers a major threat: an online invasion of Western ideas, culture and influence, primarily originating from the U.S. Khamenei and other top officials have called this emerging conflict the “soft war”… On Friday, new reports emerged in the local press that Iran also intends to roll out its own computer operating system in coming months to replace Microsoft Corp.’s Windows … Iran’s national Internet will be “a genuinely halal network !!, aimed at Muslims on an ethical and moral level ,” Ali Aghamohammadi, Iran’s head of economic affairs, said. Halal means compliant with Islamic law … Aghamohammadi said the new network would at first operate in parallel to the normal Internet -banks, government ministries and large companies would continue to have access to the regular Internet. Eventually, he said, the national network could replace the global Internet in Iran, as well as in other Muslim countries … Few think that Iran could completely cut its links to the wider Internet. But it could move toward a dual-Internet structure used in a few other countries with repressive regimes

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The report added: “Myanmar said last October that public Internet connections would run through a separate system controlled and monitored by a new government company, accessing theoretically just Myanmar content . It’s introducing alternatives to popular websites including an email service, called Ymail, as a replacement for Google Inc.’s Gmail. … Cuba, too, has what amounts to two Internets (network) -one that connects to the outside world for tourists and government officials, and the other a closed and monitored network, with limited access, for public use. North Korea is taking its first tentative steps into cyberspace with a similar dual network, though with far fewer people on a much more rudimentary system… Though estimates vary, about 11 of every 100 Iranians are online (and about 70 of every 100 Iranians have access to the Internet, but they are offline; Because of the slow internet speed they can be online for a limited time each day), according to ITU, among the highest percentages among comparable countries in the region… “The regime no longer fears a physical attack from the West !! (they are sure of their secret deals !!) ” said Mahmood Enayat, at the University of Pennsylvania. “It still thinks the West wants to take over Iran, but through the Internet.” … Iran got connected to the Internet in the early 1990s, making it the first Muslim nation in the Middle East online … Young, educated and largely centered in cities, Iranians embraced the new technology … In 2003, officials announced plans to block more than 15,000 websites… and the regime began arresting bloggers …Until around 2007, the country had relied on filtering gear from U.S. companies !! , obtained through third countries and sometimes involving pirated versions, including Secure Computing Corp.’s SmartFilter , as well as products from Juniper Networks Inc. and Fortinet Inc …The Mullah’s government in 2008 allocated $1 billion to continue building the needed infrastructure . for what they called “The national Internet” … According to one former engineer at DCI, the government Internet company, during the 2009 protests he would block some prohibited websites only partially -letting traffic through to the outside world … The Revolutionary Guard (Sepah), a powerful branch of the Iranian security forces, has taken the lead in the virtual fight. In late 2009, the Guard acquired (Sepah) a majority stake of the state telecom monopoly that owns DCI. That put all of Iran’s communications networks under Revolutionary Guard control. The Sepah has created a “Cyber Army” as part of an effort to train more than 250,000 computer hackers .”

It’s very funny that the Mullahs and Sarkozy work together! G8 and Sarkozy want to civilized the Internet, and the Mullahs want to unplug the internet, and solve their problem, by removing the whole problem. Wasting some billion dollar of our oil money, was not enough and the Mullahs could not prevent Iranians from accessing the internet. Now they want to unplug the internet ! Sarkozy should learn from the Mullahs. Some westerners say: “Don’t worry Iranians, the west is trying to disconnect the internet and kill online content as well”. And some others say: “The Mull worried about the next Stuxnet worm !” But some Iranians say: “Oh no, don’t be stupid … the Mullahs are worried about the Stokefire worm, i.e. the people’s worm that would threw them in the trash can of the history !” The history tells us the truth. The Mullahs had the same stupid plans for Satellite dishes, Video films, Music instruments, and all other new technologies in the past decades. Have Iranians forgotten the Mullah’s tragedy of banning Video films and Music instruments in 1980s? or the tragedy of banning Satellite dishes in 1990s and in 2000s? ‘The History repeats itself; first time as tragedy, second time as comedy (farce)”

One Response to Mullahs Plan to Unplug Internet !

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