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Hackers Get at Iranian Government E-Mails

04 Jun 2011 17:34Comments

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According to the New York Times, a group of activist computer hackers posted more than 10,000 e-mails on Friday that it said were taken from Iranian government servers. Most of the e-mails were related to visa requests for people hoping to enter Iran, with the bulk of the messages being sent from the country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs to visa-seekers. The group apparently intended the release to demonstrate that it could successfully penetrate Iranian networks.

Meir Dagan, the former head of Israel's spy service has launched an unprecedented attack on the country's current government, describing it as "irresponsible and reckless," and has praised Arab attempts to reach an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement. "I decided to speak because when I was in office, Diskin, Ashkenazi and I could block any dangerous adventure. Now I am afraid that there is no one to stop Bibi [Netanyahu] and Barak," said Dagan. Upon leaving his post, Dagan publicly warned against Israel attacking Iran to stop it from acquiring nuclear weapons.

The Economist has devoted this week's obituary page to Nasser Hejazi, "footballer and symbol of resistance to the regime in Iran."

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