There are only a few days left before the end of the current Persian year and chief of Iranian Cyber Police revealed the statistics on hack attacks targeting Iran. In the past year Iran has seen 70 thousand hack attacks.

Security Holes in Banking Systems

Chief of Iranian Cyber Police, Kamal Hadianfar revealed the statistics on hack attacks in Cyber Police’s press conference. Based on Iranian Cyber Police, 69,729 hacker attacks were carried out last year which 989 of them targeted governmental websites and the rest targeted non-governmental websites. “Fortunately this year we didn’t have any major damages from these attacks. We also detected 19 security holes in banking systems. 8 of these security holes belonged to state banks and 11 security holes belonged to private banks which shows that private banks should invest more on their security,” said Hadianfar.

Telegram the Main Channel for Elections

Hadianfar also outlined the measures that Cyber Police took during the election. “Iranian Cyber Police served in many working groups as well as five specialised working groups in Cyber Police itself. We used 11 systems for observing the elections. Cyber Police monitored 33 thousand news per day during the elections,” stated Kamal Hadianfar.

“During the elections we had 1700 security related and 1200 candidate related news. We monitored 7780 candidate profiles and we had meetings with 117 of candidates who had advertising campaigns and channels in cyberspace before elections,” Hadianfar continued. It’s interesting to know that there were 460 violations of law in the elections.

Telegram had 79% share of all the cyberspace activities regarding the elections and the rest belonged to Facebook and Twitter.

Cyber Police surveillance had a presence at all the stages of elections to prevent any frauds or violations. According to Hadianfar, Telegram had 79% share of all the cyberspace activities regarding the elections and the rest belonged to Facebook and Twitter. He also mentioned that there was no pressure for limiting Telegram activities. The only scenario that Cyber Police would have limited the Telegram was the clash between the supporters of candidates and they would have only limited the access in certain regions.

Other Statistics

There were other statistics revealed by chief of Cyber Space Police:

Only 12 people were involved in money laundering. They stole 80 Billion Tomans (Nearly 23 Million Dollars).

11 thousand citizens were the victims of scam SMS with the promise of religious trip to holy cities. This scam was executed by 23 people with 4 thousand Sim Cards and 300 cellphones. Only 12 people were involved in money laundering. They stole 80 Billion Tomans (Nearly 23 Million Dollars).

Cyber Police of Iran has collaborated with Interpol in 1209 cases. It’s interesting to know that 56% of these cases were related to china.

With Iran getting more online each day Cyber Police’s workload would get heavier each day. Iran should be prepared for online frauds because they are just getting started. But with the good performance of Cyber Police of Iran, the country is in good hands for time being.

Photo Credit: Amin Jalali

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