Friday, 05 October 2012
Mohabat News is a key voice of the Farsi-speaking Christian community, launched on December 9, 2010 with the primary objective of disseminating news on Christians all around the world in both Farsi and English. The website, however, was blocked by the Islamic regime's security officials two months after it was launched.
Since then many attempts have been undertaken to silence this website, which is a voice for Farsi-speaking Christians. The Mohabat News website has been attacked many times and three attempts by the cyber services staff of the Islamic Republic and their extremist agents to hack Mohabat News, were successful. In one case, the Islamic Republic's cyber army hacked Mohabat News and the latest one was by an anonymous Islamist group named "Group X3" and "Group HP hack". Apparently, the Arab hackers are from a Sunni Islamist group and introduce themselves as Sunni Electronic soldiers. In their latest attack, they left a message on front-page of the website threatening Mohabat News using offensive words and severely criticizing it for spreading news about Christians. They also said their attack was in retaliation against the controversial anti-Islam film made to insult Mohammad.
What can be concluded from these increased cyber-attacks on Mohabat News website is its effectiveness in spreading news and influence across the Iranian community. By observing professional journalistic principles and proper functionality Mohabat News has bridged the gap between Iranian and non-Iranian Christians. This influence among Iranians has angered officials of the Islamic Republic.
It seems that along with the development of technology, Christian persecution, and especially the persecution of Iranian Christians by the Islamic regime of Iran and by Islamists, has adopted a new shape and form. Financially supporting Muslim Extremist cyber groups, Islamic regime officials have launched another level of persecution against Christians in cyber space.
In addition, the Islamic regime has used other methods to harass Christians. They jam the signals of the Iranian Christian satellite channel making it even more difficult for the Iranian viewing audience to watch Christian programs in their native language. Security authorities of the Islamic regime also identify Christians who share their faith on the Internet and create fake Facebook accounts using the names of well-known Iranian Christian leaders.
Following the increased number of cyber-attacks on the Mohabat News website, the news agency's administrator needed to increase the security measures to defend against future attacks. As a result the website was transferred to a more secure server that will be able to handle the increasing number of visitors. This transfer was very costly for Mohabat News.
Even with these enhanced security measures, no hosting and security company can guarantee that the website won't be hacked again in the future. However, we will exert every effort to restore the website within days in case of future attacks as we have done in prior years.
Being grateful for your prayers and support in the past, we still depend on your prayers and support along this way.