Actech426: 15 Million Iranian Bank Accounts Hacked During Protests
By: Zachary Evans~December 10, 2019, 4:13 PM CST
Following massive anti-government protests in Iran in November, during which demonstrators set fire to banks across the country, the details of 15 million Iranian debit cards were published online, exposing the account information of almost one-fifth of Iran’s population.
“This is the largest financial scam in Iran’s history,” conservative Iranian outlet Aftab News reported. “Millions of Iranians are worried to find their names among the list of hacked accounts.”
The affected banks had been sanctioned by the U.S. in 2018 over allegations they transferred money for the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps in violation of international law. The elite security force was labelled a terrorist organization by the U.S. in April.
Iranian information and telecommunications minister Mohammad Jahromi denied the breach was the result of a hack. However, cyber experts told the New York Times the attack was likely carried out by a state or state-sponsored organization.
The attack revealed a “high technological capability, which is usually at the hand of state intelligence services,” said Boaz Dolev, chief executive officer of cybersecurity company ClearSky.
The protests, initially set off by increases in the price of fuel, were the “the worst political crisis the regime has faced in its 40 years,” according to State Department Iran Envoy Brian Hook. Hook also said the regime may have killed up to 1,000 people in response to the protests, although he did not cite evidence for the figure.
Human rights groups have estimated the total number of dead at between 180 to 450. Efforts to verify the number of dead were hampered by the regime’s near-total internet blackout imposed during the protests.
In one incident reported by the Times, members of the IRGC massacred up to 100 protesters in a marsh in the southern city of Mahshahr.
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Tishwash: Integrity reveals details of currency auction cases and indicates fines of nearly 250 billion dinars
The Integrity Commission revealed, on Wednesday, the details of the criminal and intelligence cases related to the file (currency auction) that it is investigating, indicating that it received (4) intelligence, and opened (8) criminal cases in it.
The investigations department of the commission indicated that “(6) of these cases were referred to the trial court and other investigation courts, in addition to a case that was previously decided upon, and another that is still under investigation,” explaining that “among these cases are major corruption cases in the work of a bank Eligibility and indicators for cases of foreign currency smuggling outside Iraq through the bank’s purchase of foreign currency for the benefit of companies claiming to import goods.
She added that “upon investigation and verification it was found that these companies have not introduced goods to Iraq since 2004,” explaining that “the issues included fraud and some governmental and private banks entering the auction of selling the currency in the names of companies and private account holders without their knowledge, and providing invoices and a counterfeit import counterfeit, as well as For violating the Central Bank’s instructions when entering the auction in accordance with the provisions of Article (3) of the Money Laundering Law No. (93 of 2004).
And she added that “the incoming intelligence is related to the issue of (flying instruments) and the collusion of some banks with people by depositing instruments with no possession of them in order to participate in the currency auction in order to profit and benefit from the price difference between the central bank and the local market, in addition to the issuance and treasury department in the bank The central bank purchased (10) coin counting machines called (comprehensive machines) with a total amount of (15,000,000) million dollars, which were found to be of no benefit, as they destroy the banknotes, which causes a great loss of money, confirming that (3) of these intelligence It is under follow-up. “
It is noteworthy that the Integrity Commission announced that it had completed several criminal cases that it had investigated, which resulted in the imposition of fines amounting to more than (245,000,000,000) billion dinars on private banks, as a result of legal violations regarding licensing permits for two years only, and in violation of the foreign currency auction instructions for 2012. linnk