Iran’s national TV stream was hacked for the second time in a week


A hacktivist group called Adalat Ali (Ali’s Justice) hijacked the webstream of Iran’s state-run television broadcaster Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) to broadcast an anti-regime message earlier this week.

The incident took place on Tuesday 1 February and hit Telewebion, IRIB’s web-based TV and radio streaming platform.

During a live broadcast of the soccer match between Iran and the United Arab Emirates, the Adalat Ali group hijacked the webstream and broadcast a short 50-second video urging Iranians to join in nationwide protests against ruling Khamenei -Raising regimes during the Fajr Decade 11-day celebration of the 1979 revolution, held between February 1st and 11th each year.

The message was repeated at various intervals for hours before Telewebion regained control of its platform. The streaming service later admitted the incident in one go tweet later that day.

IRIB was also hacked last week

However, while only one web stream was interrupted, the incident marks the second time an IRIB transmission has been interrupted by hackers in the past week.

Another incident occurred last Tuesday, January 27, when a group of unknown hackers hijacked the IRIB TV channel’s main signal for about 10 seconds to extract images of Maryam and Masoud Rajavi, leaders of the Mujahideen Khalq Organization (MKO ), to show the most important political opposition force against Iran’s Khamenei government.

The kidnapping lasted only 10 seconds and a voice could be heard saying: “Salute to Rajavi, death to Khamenei!”

Before the hacktivist group Adalat Ali hacked Telewebion this week, in August last year it hacked the internal CCTV system of Evin, a prison complex in Tehran where Iran holds its political prisoners, and released videos showing extensive prisoner abuse.

Catalin Cimpanu is a cybersecurity reporter for The Record. He previously worked at ZDNet and Bleeping Computer, where he made a name for himself in the industry for constantly reporting on emerging vulnerabilities, cyberattacks and law enforcement efforts against hackers.


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