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Minister: Technical Steps Adopted to Foil US "Internet in Suitcase" Plot

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TEHRAN, July 2 (ICANA) – Senior Iranian Information and Communication Technology (ICT) officials said Tehran has adopted the necessary measures to repel the United States' new cyber and spy war on Iran.
Saturday, July 02, 2011 10:01:47 PM
Minister: Technical Steps Adopted to Foil US "Internet in Suitcase" Plot

"Technically, the necessary steps have been predicted and taken to confront 'internet in a suitcase' (plot of the US)," Iranian Minister of Communications and Information Technology Reza Taqipour told reporters here in Tehran on Saturday.

The minister explained that the government has adopted certain measures, including further digitalization of information and creation of a national bank of digital information and national web (Intranet), which would make Iranian citizens needless of search and use of the western data and information banks and websites.

On June 29, Iranian Intelligence Minister Heidar Moslehi said that the country has adopted proper measures to counter the US plot.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a cabinet session, Moslehi said that the US plot for waging a cyber attack on Iran is nothing new.

"We had predicted these (US devised) actions, for example the internet in suitcase, and devised proper ways to combat them," Moslehi stated.

Washington has alleged that the 'Internet in a suitcase' project has been implemented to widen and reinvigorate CIA's connection with dissidents in all the states considered as a foe of the United States, but Moslehi stated that the US President has developed the cyber war plan to wage an internet confrontation mostly with the Islamic Republic of Iran.

 

Yet, Moslehi ascertained that Iranian intelligence ministry has a good command over the cyber space.

The New York Times reported earlier in June that the US administration is financing the development of "shadow" Internet systems to enable dissidents to contact the US and CIA directly.

The newspaper said the covert effort also includes attempts to create independent cellphone networks inside foreign countries.

The operation involves a fifth-floor shop on L Street in Washington, where a group of young entrepreneurs are fitting deceptively innocent-looking hardware into a prototype "Internet in a suitcase," the report said.

Financed with a $2 million State Department grant, the suitcase could be secreted across a border and quickly set up to allow wireless communications over a wide area with a link to the global Internet, the paper noted.

Some projects involve technology being developed in the United States while others pull together tools that have already been created by hackers from the so-called liberation technology movement, The Times said.

The State Department is financing the creation of stealth wireless networks that would enable dissidents and spies to communicate outside the reach of governments in countries like Iran, Syria and Libya, the paper said.

The US government has also spent at least $50 million to create an independent cell phone network in Afghanistan using towers on protected military bases inside the country, The Times said.

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