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Update on Iranian Regime’s Governmental Websites Disruption

The NCRI has obtained the following information about the recent disruption of the Iranian regime governmental websites and servers:

  • The words “error ” and “Access Denied” can be seen on all platforms and remote systems of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance that have been taken out.,.
  • At 9:47 a.m., the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance sent a status report to the Ministers of Intelligence, and Interior, the Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, the IRGC Commander, the Revolutionary Guards Intelligence Organization, as well as 10 other ministers and 30 other senior regime officials via the internal automation network.
  • More than 30tbs of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance’s archived data, including the backup of all servers, were destroyed.
  • Having access to the Ministry’s Internal network and Workflow, along with mass distribution of brochures with slogans reading “Death to Khamenei, hail to Rajavi,” to dozens of ministers, advisers, and deputies Raisi’s cabinet, took the officials by surprise.
  • After destroying 62 servers and 280 computers of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, the regime had to cut off its Internet completely.

The extent of the destruction:

  • The taking out 62 workflow automation portals used for censorship and issuing licenses for books, instructors’ qualifications, movies’ management, art gatherings management and control, naming of shops, issuing permits for taking pets on the streets, managing poetry, books, and scripts for demonizing Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK/PMOI), issuing licenses for the websites used to demonize MEK and the Iranian Resistance.
  • Three central anti-virus servers were destroyed.
  • Four domain controller servers whose job was to monitor users and the network have been rendered completely dysfunctional.
  • The Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance portals in provinces were also taken over and taken out by other Resistance Units, including the portals in the provinces of Tehran, Qazvin, Azerbaijan, Kurdistan, North Khorasan, Fars, Sistan and Baluchestan, Yazd, and Kerman
  • Removing the Chapar mail server
  • Seizing over 400 GB archive of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance email correspondence.
  • Taking over 350 servers and computers by other Resistance Units.

The names of several other Ministry’s websites and portals defaced include:

  • The SharePoint and licensing portal of cultural institutions
  • The Provincial portal for licensing cultural institutions
  • The Licensing system for Quran and Etrat cultural institutions
  • The Cultural Institutions Licensing Headquarters Portal
  • City portal for licensing cultural institutions
  • The Provincial system for issuing licenses for Quran and Etrat cultural institutions
  • The intelligent management infrastructure of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance
  • Farabar website – Statistics of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance
  • Mehre-Mahramaneh login
  • Art educations portal
  • Muharram site – International Digital Media Competition
  • TESMA Comprehensive Organizational Performance Management portal
  • Center for the Development of Culture and Art in Cyberspace
  • Permanent Secretariat of Alavi Cultural Festival
  • Digital cultural unit manager test site
  • Praying login page
  • Mehr Moharram site – Saramad
  • The site of the Prophet -Saramad
  • Shahab Tedkar Portal
  • Organizing Assembly website
  • Cinema Festival portal
  • Organizing SMS portal – input
  • Portal for qualification of free art schools’ teachers

Update: 2:00 pm

Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance closed until further notice because the platform has been taken out.

At noon today, officials in the Ministry of Culture and Guidance told employees that the Ministry will be closed until further notice. Some technical experts in the Ministry are saying that if the problem is not resolved in 24 hours, the rebuilding of the decommissioned systems will have to be deferred to after the Iranian New Year, Nowruz, holidays. The problems, they say, related to the Ministry’s entire systems.

Some of the officials in different ministries who were informed by the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance to alert them about protecting their websites and documents are as follows:

  • Mohammad Mehdi Ismaili, Minister of Guidance
  • Mohammad Hassan Hadian, Security Center
  • Ismail Khatib, Minister of Intelligence and Security
  • Ahmad Wahidi, Minister of the Interior
  • Mahmoud Shaloui, Office of the Ministry
  • Ali Naderi, Islamic Republic News Agency
  • Farshad Mehdipour, Deputy Press and Information
  • Sadegh Pejman, Supreme Council of Subsidized Games
  • Mohammad Reza Bahmani, Center for Information Technology and Digital Media
  • Mohammad Ali Moradian, Office of Strategic Studies and Planning
  • Majid Emami, General Office of the Secretariat of the Council of Culture and Science
  • Mehdi Mohammadi, Secretariat for Cultural Affairs
  • Ali Hashemi, Secretariat of the Central Selection Committee
  • Mehdi Khamoushi, Endowment and Charity Organization
  • Mehdi Imanipour, Islamic Culture and Communication Organization
  • Mohammad Khazaei, Cinema Organization of the country
  • Mohammad Selki, Culture, Art and Communication Research Institute
  • Soghandi, Coordination and Supervision Council for promoting the culture of self-sacrifice and martyrdom
  • Habib Reza Arzani, Supreme Council of Cultural and Artistic Centers of Mosques
  • Zahra Shams, Performance Management and Complaints Response
  • Hadi Fathizadeh, Deputy of Quran and Sanctity
  • Ahmad Vand, Deputy Minister of Cultural Affairs
  • Mahmoud Salari, Artistic Deputy
  • Mahmoud Islami, Deputy Minister of Development and Resource Management
  • Muhammadullah Yari, Office of Music Affairs
  • Iman Shamsaii, General Directorate of Press and Internal News
  • Hadi Mozaffari, Office of Investigative Arts
  • Hamed Sohrabi, Legal Office and Legal Property
  • Raheleh Roudaki, Program and Budget Office
  • Mehdi Hashemi, Legal Deputy for Parliamentary Affairs and Provinces