Shocking Leaks from Hacker Group Expose Iranian Regime's True Weakness

An Iranian hacktivist group obtained a treasure trove of documents, audio recordings, and videos showing the Iranian government’s inability to suppress the ongoing protests in the country, along with other files that expose the Islamic Republic's weaknesses.

Black Reward, an Iranian hacktivist group, gained access to various files from several government offices and government-affiliated institutions, such as the Fars News Agency, Press TV, and Iran’s Nuclear Power Production and Development Company, after infiltrating their servers.

An audio file gathered by Black Reward and then provided to media outlets such as Iran International involved a meeting between Qasem Qoreyshi, deputy commander of the Basij paramilitary force under Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, and media representatives from IRGC-affiliated media networks.

In the audio tape, two and a half hours long, Qoreyshi talked about strikes across Iran’s 22 provinces, the fatigue the Islamic Republic’s security forces felt in dealing with the demonstrations, and how the regime is being defeated in a “media war.” He also discussed damaging the reputation of Molavi Abdolhamid, Sunni Friday Prayer Imam of Zahedan.

This suggestion came after Abdolhamid criticized Iranian security forces for their brutality in his province of Sistan-Baluchestan and held Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei responsible for the violence against Sunni Muslims and other demonstrators in the country.

Managers of Iran’s state-owned media also talked about how strikes around the 22 provinces in Iran on November 15 caused markets and bazaars to shut down, including in the capital Tehran. They also discussed students in 62 universities across the country holding gatherings, with 11 others being the site of sit-ins against the regime.

The hacktivist group also leaked documents showing Iran and Qatar working together to prevent Iranians known for their activities against the regime and media outlets like Iran International from entering the country during the World Cup. Qatar also agreed to suppress any attempt to show symbols protesting the regime, such as the slogan “Woman, Life, Freedom” and the old Iranian flag with the lion and the sun replaced after the establishment of the Islamic Republic.

Also discussed was how Iran attempted to convince Qatar to provide 2,000 tickets to members of the Basij paramilitary force to attend the World Cup, to no avail. He also noted that 15,000 tickets were sold to Israelis during the event.

Another document leaked by Black Reward featured a special bulletin created by media experts working for Hossein Salami, the commander-in-chief of the IRGC, showing how the Basij paramilitary force was weakened significantly and could not mobilize to quell the protests, as Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel, a member of Iran’s Expediency Discernment Council, told Khamenei. The bulletin also contained sections regarding Khamenei’s concerns about the regime losing the “media war” against the protesters and his opposition to the protesters being indicted for “waging war against God.”

Finally, Black Reward also leaked an embarrassing video showing one of the economic news editors of the Fars News agency masturbating to a video while smoking and eating potato chips. While the agency denied the footage being taken within their premises, some Twitter users identified the journalist in the video, which has become a fun and controversial topic on Iranian social media.

Since the beginning of the protests in Iran in September, Black Reward has worked with other hacker groups, such as Tepandegan, to encourage Iranians to participate in rallies against the Islamic Republic. They also obtained documents from Iran’s nuclear deal back in October, which they leaked after the government failed to meet their demands of releasing political prisoners.

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