Iran state TV hacked with image of supreme leader in crosshairs

PARIS: Digital activists supporting Iran’s wave of women-led protests hacked a state TV live news broadcast, overlapping the supreme leader’s face Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
“The blood of our youth is in your hands,” reads an on-screen announcement during the broadcast starting at 9 p.m. local time on Saturday, as protests flared by the death of Mahsa Amini22 years old, once again rocking Tehran and other cities.
The hack interrupted Khamenei meeting with state officials and was claimed by hacktivist group Edalat-e Ali (Ali’s Justice), which added a tagline in the upper-right corner of the screen: “Let’s join” Join us and rise.”
Images projected to Iranian viewers for a few seconds also showed black and white photographs of Amini and three other women killed during more than three weeks of unrest and repression by state security forces.
Anger flared up after Amini’s death on September 16, three days after she was arrested by the notorious ethics police in Tehran for allegedly violating the Islamic republic’s strict dress code. with women.
The attack was widely reported by Persian media and human rights groups based outside of Iran, who shared the footage on social media.
Inside the Islamic republic, the Tasnim news agency confirmed that the evening news broadcast “was momentarily hacked by anti-revolutionary agents”.
In videos posted online, the messenger is seen moving uncomfortably in his seat after the clip ended, with his contorted reaction becoming a widely shared meme on social media. society, despite recent internet restrictions.
The hackers added a message on the screen, urging Khamenei to leave his Tehran office and flee the country: “It’s time to collect your belongings from Pasteur street and find another place for your family friends outside of Iran.”


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