A Chinese telecommunications equipment company has sold Iran's largest telecom firm a powerful surveillance system capable of monitoring landline, mobile and internet communications, interviews and contract documents show.reuters reports.
President Barack Obama accused Iran on Tuesday of imposing an "electronic curtain" on its citizens and promised new U.S. steps aimed at helping to ease the Iranian people's access to the Internet, as a social media campaign designed to promote peace between ordinary Israelis and Iranians got underway.
Iranian CyberArmy latest attack was on Azerbaijan's state television station and BBC persian ,China and Iran have been known to use filters to cut their people off from Internet.
The system was part of a 98.6 million euro ($130.6 million) contract for networking equipment supplied by Shenzhen, China-based ZTE Corp to the Telecommunication Co of Iran (TCI), according to the documents.
Government-controlled TCI has a near monopoly on Iran's landline telephone services and much of Iran's internet traffic is required to flow through its network.reuters
Social media sites Like Facebook and many others are also targeted and sometimes simply disconnected in Iran.
Head of Iran's Cyber Defense insisted on establishing Iran's cyber army is not offensive, but for defensive purposes just to stop attacks by enemies.