Iran creates ‘Cyber Brigades’ for online war
‘Elite’ students from different provinces, trained on how to handle conflicts in cyberspace
The commander of students’ Basij militias, Ali Sabir Hamani, announced the formation of ‘Cyber Brigades’ comprising school students with the aim of taking part in cyber warfare launched against the Islamic Republic.
This would be in parallel to the ‘Joint Cyber Army’ of the Iranian Intelligence whose main task is to focus on monitoring online hostilities.
Hamani said that the ‘virtual cyber committee’ created by the Basij will train students on how “to effectively engage on social media,” according to Fars news agency.
According to the semi-official news agency, the committee has organized training programs attended by 200 of the ‘elite’ students from different Iranian provinces, trained on how to handle conflicts in cyberspace.
Al Arabiya.net has previously revealed in a special report published last September, the assassination of 35-year-old Tajik, the former commander of the ‘Cyber Army’ of the Ministry of intelligence after he was accused of spying and purveying security information to opposition activists of the ‘Green Movement.’
Tajik was also a member of the intelligence units of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and Quds Forces.