State television hacked during a speech by Ayatollah Khamenei, the target of the cyberattack

During the news, a photo of the regime’s supreme guide was broadcast, his body surrounded by flames and his head in a viewer, accompanied by various messages. The cyberattack was claimed by a support group for the protest movement in the country.

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“The blood of our youth drips from your fingers.” Iranian state television was briefly interrupted on Saturday, October 8, by an attack on the regime’s supreme guide, who was giving a speech. During this speech, broadcast during the news, an image of Ali Khamenei appeared on the screen for a few seconds, his body engulfed in flames and his head in a visor.

“It’s time to put away your furniture (…) and find another place to settle your family outside of Iran”, we can read in one of the messages that accompany the still image. The cyberattack was claimed by a group calling itself Edalat-e Ali (Justice for Ali), which supports the protest movement sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini.

Several foreign Persian-language media shared a video showing the cyberattack. At the end of the video, the Iranian newscaster can be seen looking tense, his eyes fixed on the camera. In Iran, the Tasnim news agency confirmed that state television had “was hacked for a few moments by anti-revolutionary agents”.

Iran has been rocked by huge protests since the September 16 death of this 22-year-old Iranian Kurdish woman, tthree days after his arrest in Tehran for the morality police for violating the Islamic Republic’s strict dress code for women, including wearing the veil. The repression of these protests has caused the death of at least 95 people since mid-September, according to the NGO Iran Human Rights.

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