Iran’s state television was hacked, showing the supreme leader in crosshairs.

A live news programme on state television was hacked:-

A live news programme on state television was hacked by online activists who are in support of Iran’s wave of women-led protests, superimposing crosshairs and flames over the face of the supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

A live news programme on state television was hacked
A live news programme on state television was hacked

The statement on screen in the broadcast, which began at 9 p.m. local time on Saturday, stated, “The blood of our youths is on your hands,” as protests spurred by the death of Mahsa Amini, 22, once again shook Tehran and other cities.

The breach, which was attributed to the hacktivist group Edalat-e Ali (Ali’s Justice), cut out footage of Khamenei meeting with government officials and inserted the message “Join us and rise up” to the upper right corner of the screen.

Amini and three other women killed:-

Amini and three other women killed in the more than three weeks of unrest and crackdown by state security forces were likewise depicted in black and white in the photographs broadcast to Iranian viewers for a brief period of time.

Amini and three other women killed
Amini and three other women killed

Three days after Amini’s controversial morality police detention in Tehran for allegedly violating the Islamic Republic’s stringent clothing code for women, anger erupted following her death on September 16.

Outside of Iran, Persian media outlets and human rights organisations published extensive reports on the hack and uploaded the video on social media.

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According to Tasnim news agency:-

The evening news show “was hacked for a few moments by anti-revolutionary forces,” according to Tasnim news agency in the Islamic republic.

Tasnim news agency
Tasnim news agency

The TV caster can be seen shifting uncomfortably in films that have been released online after the clip ends. His wriggling reaction has since become a popular joke on social media, despite current internet censorship.

The hackers also inserted a message that said, “It’s time to take your furniture from Pasteur Street and locate another location for your family outside Iran,” asking Khamenei to leave his Tehran office and leave the country.


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