State TV news hacked, Ayatollah Khamenei’s face surrounded by flames – Liberation

On Saturday night, the slogan “Woman, life, freedom” replaced the sound of the channel’s news and, for ten seconds, the screen showed photos of Mahsa Amini and three other women killed in the demonstrations of recent weeks against the diet. .

Ten seconds of interruption and a photo of the face of the supreme leader of the Iranian regime, Ayatollah Khamenei, surrounded by flames, a red target between the two eyes: Iranian state television was hacked on Saturday night in the middle of JT 21. hours. The montage came as images of Khamenei chatting with various men during the news flashed on the screen. Then the slogan “Woman, life, freedom” is heard, the rallying cry of the demonstrations, and the phrase appears, written in red: “The blood of our youth drips from your hands.” “It’s time to organize your furniture […] and find another place to settle your family outside of Iran”we can read in another message that accompanies the photo.

Beneath the photo of the Supreme Leader’s face, that of four young women killed in the riots that have gripped the country in recent weeks: Mahsa Amini, of course, this 22-year-old woman, who died on September 16 and became in the symbol of this emancipation movement, as well as Hadis Najafi, Nika Shakarami and Sarina Esmaeilzadeh. The group was accompanied by a call to participate in the mobilizations that have not declined in the country for a month: “Join us and rebel” in orange letters. After a brief interruption of all images, the camera returned to the presenter, looking tense, his eyes fixed on the camera.

The Tasnim news agency confirmed that state television had “It was hacked for a few moments by anti-revolutionary agents.”

At the initiative of this hack, the pirate group Edalat-e Ali (“Ali’s Justice”), which supports the protest movement, the largest in Iran since the demonstrations against the increase in gasoline prices in 2019.

They claimed responsibility for their act on Twitter: “Spring is coming. We ask all our dear compatriots to share the hacked image with all their friends and acquaintances so that we can spread the good news of the overthrow of the regime among all and put their names on their tombstones.” writes the Edalat-e Ali. Whose Twitter profile explains its purpose: to love “exposing the crimes of the regime to inform the world about the serious violation of human rights behind closed walls”.

The group has been ramping up hacking operations for two years. In 2021, he hacked into Tehran’s Evin prison security cameras, revealing the chilling treatment inflicted on inmates at a prison known for housing mostly political prisoners. Earlier this year, they managed to play a 50-second clip calling for an insurrection against the regime during the broadcast of a soccer match between Iran and the United Arab Emirates.

Update at 1:10 p.m. with details of the messages posted on Saturday night.

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