The familiar but indelible voice from a video by the decentralized international activist and hacktivist collective and movement Anonymous echoed on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon as the movement declared war on Iran and launched a series of attacks against the government.
After several days of mass protests in various areas of Iran following the brutal death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in prison, Anonymous broke silence and launched the OPIRan. KromSec founder and anonymous employee using the Twitter handle Spid3r single-handedly removed several sites after the announcement.
“I can access and delete the entire database,” Spid3r told International Business Times in an exclusive interview, adding that he also shut down all the websites he owned. This includes the site of Fars News Agency, a news agency in the country run by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), an armed organization loyal to Ali Khamenei, the second and current Supreme Leader in Iran.
Anonymous has also removed the Iranian government spokesperson’s website and the official government website. In addition, Spid3r revealed that Anonymous shared its video statement of war on Iran to “all of Iran”.
In the video, which has racked up 467,000 views since its release a few hours ago, Anonymous calls Ebrahim Raisi, the incumbent president of Iran, a “dictator” of the country, a “killer state” and its police “murderous operatives.” Anonymous says it will not allow “the dictatorial Iranian government and its murderous police to persecute the people in order to silence them.”
Anonymous claimed the country’s “morality police” was behind the 22-year-old’s death. she did not follow the rules for wearing the headscarf.”
The hacktivist collective also accused the Iranian government of censoring “social media and other communications from people in order to suppress knowledge of” [your] his crimes against them [the people].” It added: “Now Anonymous will shut you down and your own people will take you out of power.”
Spid3r said the shutdown of government and state media websites is just a start and more attacks will follow. He also calls on Iranians to “go to the square of your city. Put on your Guy Fawkes masks. Do it for your future”, adding that it is “time for [a] revolution.”
Another anonymous employee who follows the Twitter handle, PuckArksReturns, shared a press statement about OPIran with IBTimes. “Citizens of Iran, your rights are yours. You have the right to freedom of speech, free press, freedom to assemble and to feel safe. You have the right to live freely without fear of retaliation. We have been initiated #Anonymous Expect Us #OpIran.”
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