NOTE: Below is an Iranian observers review of Basij Cyber Training ranging from cyber personas, denial and deception, hard core hacking, impersonation of groups associated with Reza Pahlavi and associated groups, trolling, and infiltration of American organizations. In their words …
Basij reportedly founded the “Basij Cyber Council” in 2010 to recruit hackers to infiltrate particular websites and emails under the direct supervision of IRGC experts. In November 2010, Hossein Hamedani, Former Commander of Tehran IRGC, reported that 1,500 “cyber commandos” had been trained by the Basij Cyber Council. That number has grown significanly since 2010.
In the course of empowering the Basij Cyber Battalions, there are several areas the adjunct professors teach:
Abali outside Tehran
Special courses to seduce and provoke the enemy to engage in unauthorized or behaviour unbecoming. Fortunately, with the use of many available students, a large number of female Basijis participated in these courses and declared their readiness to be close to the enemy and carry out operations over age 18 years at any level needed.
The Cyber Council Committee comprises seven “battalions” – politics, culture, social concerns, media, economics, women’s issues and Islamic jurisprudence – each of which deals with issues “targeting the West in Iran’s soft war against its adversaries.”
The head of the Basij announced the presence of “thousands of cyber battalions” in the cyber space (September 2019).
Satellite view of Abali
Imam Khomeini’s Battalion operating under the Lion and the Sun flag and attacking other opposition groups and insulting everyone in favor of the monarch’s supporters being interrogated by the IRGC. They are both more verbose and more brutal than cereberal. Alongside this battalion we also have a Muslim bin Aqil battalion, under the direct supervision of Master NF. The Battalion’s work is highly specialized and sensitive, and its task is to demonstrate that the opposition is tied to specific systems. Screenshots, snapshots, and fallacies, conspiracy theory (introductory and advanced) as well as special disclosure courses including behind-the-scenes, screenshots, overheads, darknet, etc. This battalion is specialized in cyberspace.
Lion and the Sun Flag (Pre-Iranian Revolution (1979)
The final thing about this camp was that it was very clever and amazing that all the battalions were listening to the unauthorized songs of Los Angeles before being sent to the fronts of the soft war against the enemy rather than songs of our religious anthem. So that they can properly immerse themselves in the liberal role and anti-revolutionary systems performing their missions to the best of their ability. Of course, this had disadvantages along with its benefits, and unfortunately some people failed to return to the initial phase after the end of the cyberattack (i.e., they liked American values).
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