Feeds

US whacks sanctions on Iranians for web, TV censorship

Comms minister better cancel that trip to Florida

Top three mobile application threats

The US has announced sanctions against Iran's communications minister and three other Iranians, as well as five companies and government departments in the Middle Eastern nation, for censoring the internet and media.

The State Department said a statement yesterday it will prohibit American firms and individuals from doing business with the four individuals and five organisations, and banned them from visiting the North American country. Any assets the Iranians have in the US will also be blocked or frozen.

The US government has chastised Iran for its treatment of journalists and bloggers, and its censorship policies, and it hasn’t held back from sanctions against high-ranking officials and government bodies.

The Minister of Communication and Information Technology Reza Taghipour has been barred from the US for ordering the jamming of satellite TV broadcasts and restricting internet connectivity, the State Department said. Iran’s Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance was also included in the sanctions for its censorship, for closing newspapers and for detaining journalists, along with the Press Supervisory Board.

“Countless activists, journalists, lawyers, students, and artists have been detained, censured, tortured, or forcibly prevented from exercising their human rights,” the department stated. “With the measures we are taking today, we draw the world’s attention to the scope of the regime’s insidious actions, which oppress its own people and violate Iran’s own laws and international obligations.

“We will continue to stand with the Iranian people in their quest to protect their dignity and freedoms and prevent the Iranian Government from creating an 'electronic curtain' to cut Iranian citizens off from the rest of the world.”

Iran briefly blocked access to Gmail accounts in the country for a few weeks in September and October while the Islamic world was outraged by an amateur US movie that mocked Islam. The communications ministry later said that blocking Gmail was a mistake, and it was only trying to block YouTube where the controversial footage was posted.

The State Department also walloped the Centre to Investigate Organised Crime, which had helped to identify people who were publishing material online that insulted the government and questioned election results. The head of the Iranian police, Esma’il Ahmadi Moghaddam, was also on the list, as well as Ali Fazli, a deputy commander of the Basij militia.

Iranian software companies AmnAfzar Gostar-e Sharif and PeykAsa, and their founder Rasool Jalili, were hit with sanctions for monitoring web traffic and blocking access to Facebook, eBay and YouTube. ®

3 Big data security analytics techniques

More from The Register

next story
Putin tells Snowden: Russia conducts no US-style mass surveillance
Gov't is too broke for that, Russian prez says
Did a date calculation bug just cost hard-up Co-op Bank £110m?
And just when Brit banking org needs £400m to stay afloat
One year on: diplomatic fail as Chinese APT gangs get back to work
Mandiant says past 12 months shows Beijing won't call off its hackers
Lavabit loses contempt of court appeal over protecting Snowden, customers
Judges rule complaints about government power are too little, too late
MtGox chief Karpelès refuses to come to US for g-men's grilling
Bitcoin baron says he needs another lawyer for FinCEN chat
Don't let no-hire pact suit witnesses call Steve Jobs a bullyboy, plead Apple and Google
'Irrelevant' character evidence should be excluded – lawyers
EFF: Feds plan to put 52 MILLION FACES into recognition database
System would identify faces as part of biometrics collection
Edward Snowden on his Putin TV appearance: 'Why all the criticism?'
Denies Q&A cameo was meant to slam US, big-up Russia
Ex-Tony Blair adviser is new top boss at UK spy-hive GCHQ
Robert Hannigan to replace Sir Iain Lobban in the autumn
Reprieve for Weev: Court disowns AT&T hacker's conviction
Appeals court strikes down landmark sentence
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.