Update on Disruption of Iranian Regime Government Websites

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The NCRI has obtained the following information on the recent disruption of the Iranian regime’s government websites and servers:

  • The words “error” and “Access Denied” can be seen on all Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance remote platforms and systems that have been removed.,.
  • At 9:47 a.m., the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance sent a progress report to the ministers of intelligence and interior, the secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, the commander of the IRGC, the Revolutionary Guards Intelligence Organization, as well as 10 other ministers and 30 other senior regime officials through the internal automation network.
  • More than 30 TB of archived data from the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, including the backup of all servers, was destroyed.
  • Access to the ministry’s internal network and workflow, as well as the mass distribution of leaflets with slogans reading “Death to Khamenei, hail to Rajavi”, to dozens of ministers, advisers and deputies of Raisi’s cabinet, have took officials by surprise.
  • After destroying 62 servers and 280 computers of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, the regime had to completely cut off its Internet.

The extent of the destruction:

  • Removal of 62 workflow automation portals used for book censorship and licensing, instructor qualifications, film management, art gathering management and control, store naming , issuing permits to take pets to the streets, managing poetry, books and scripts to demonize Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK/PMOI), issuing licenses for websites used to demonize MEK and the Iranian Resistance.
  • Three central anti-virus servers were destroyed.
  • Four domain controller servers whose job it was to monitor users and the network became completely dysfunctional.
  • Portals of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance in the provinces were also taken over and removed by other resistance units, including the portals of the provinces of Tehran, Qazvin, Azerbaijan, Kurdistan, North Khorasan, Fars , Sistan and Baluchestan, Yazd and Kerman.
  • Removal of the Chapar mail server
  • Seizure of more than 400 GB of electronic correspondence archives of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance.
  • Support for 350 servers and computers by other resistance units.

The names of several other ministry websites and portals removed include:

  • The SharePoint portal and licenses for cultural institutions
  • The provincial accreditation portal for cultural institutions
  • The Licensing System for Cultural Institutions of the Quran and the State
  • Cultural Institutions Licensing Central Administration Portal
  • City portal for licensing cultural institutions
  • The Provincial Licensing System for Quran and Etrat Cultural Institutions
  • The intelligent management infrastructure of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance
  • Farabar Site – Statistics from the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance
  • Mehre-Mahramaneh connection
  • Artistic training portal
  • Muharram Site – International Digital Media Competition
  • TESMA Global Organizational Performance Management Portal
  • Center for the development of culture and art in cyberspace
  • Permanent Secretariat of the Alavi Cultural Festival
  • Digital Cultural Unit Manager Test Site
  • Pray Login Page
  • Mehr Moharram-Saramad Site
  • The site of the Prophet -Saramad
  • Shahab Tedkar Portal
  • Organizational Assembly website
  • Film Festival Portal
  • Organization of the SMS portal – entrance
  • Free Arts School Teacher Qualification Portal

Update: 2:00 p.m.

Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance closed until further notice as the platform has been removed.

At noon today, officials from the Ministry of Culture and Guidance informed employees that the ministry will be closed until further notice. Some technical experts at the ministry say that if the problem is not resolved within 24 hours, rebuilding of decommissioned systems will have to be postponed until after the Iranian New Year holiday, Nowruz. The problems, they say, were across the ministry’s systems.

Some of the officials from different ministries who have been briefed by the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance to alert them about the protection of their websites and materials are as follows:

  • Mohammad Mehdi Ismaili, Minister of Guidance
  • Mohammad Hassan Hadian, Security Center
  • Ismail Khatib, Minister of Intelligence and Security
  • Ahmad Wahidi, Minister of Interior
  • Mahmoud Shaloui, Cabinet of the Ministry
  • Ali Naderi, Islamic Republic News Agency
  • Farshad Mehdipour, Press and Information Assistant
  • Sadegh Pejman, Supreme Council for Subsidized Games
  • Mohammad Reza Bahmani, Information Technology and Digital Media Center
  • Mohammad Ali Moradian, Office of Strategic Studies and Planning
  • Majid Emami, General Office of the Culture and Science Council Secretariat
  • Mehdi Mohammadi, cultural affairs secretariat
  • Ali Hashemi, Central Selection Committee Secretariat
  • Mehdi Khamoushi, Endowment and Charity Organization
  • Mehdi Imanipour, Islamic Culture and Communication Organization
  • Mohammad Khazaei, Country Film Organization
  • Mohammad Selki, Institute for Culture, Art and Communication Research
  • Soghandi, Coordination and Supervision Council for the Promotion of the Culture of Self-Giving and Martyrdom
  • Habib Reza Arzani, Supreme Council of Cultural and Artistic Centers of Mosques
  • Zahra Shams, Performance Management and Complaint Response
  • Hadi Fathizadeh, Deputy of Quran and Holiness
  • Ahmad Vand, Deputy Minister of Cultural Affairs
  • Mahmoud Salari, artistic assistant
  • Mahmoud Islami, Deputy Minister of Development and Resource Management
  • Muhammadullah Yari, Office of Music Affairs
  • Iman Shamsaii, Directorate General of Press and Internal Information
  • Hadi Mozaffari, Bureau of Investigative Arts
  • Hamed Sohrabi, Legal Office and Legal Property
  • Raheleh Roudaki, Office of Program and Budget
  • Mehdi Hashemi, Deputy Legal Officer for Parliamentary and Provincial Affairs

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