Iranian hackers threaten to attack ‘virtual’ US embassyby THEUNHIVEDMIND, theunhivedmind.com
November 2nd 2011
Iranian hackers have vowed to break in and occupy a “virtual” United States embassy website due to be launched this year.
Representatives of the Islamic Union of Iranian Students announced it intended to ensure the website crashed the moment it opened.
Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, announced last week that Washington would launch the online embassy by the end of the year.
It will include information on American education programmes as well as visa requirements to assist Iranians in bypassing government curbs on internet use.
“We will not allow the United States to enter Iran,” said the union secretary, Seyed Ali Mousavi.
The US broke off formal diplomatic relations with Iran after the attack on the American embassy in Tehran at the height of the Islamic Revolution, when 52 Americans were held hostage for 444 days, from November 1979 to January 1981.
President Carter launched a botched rescue operation in 1980 that led to the deaths of eight American servicemen. Washington has had no embassy in Iran since then.
Explaining that America hoped to increase the number of Iranian students visiting the US, Mrs Clinton said: “We’re trying to reach out to the Iranian people, and we’ve tried to reach out to the Government, just not very successfully.”
Relations between Iran and the US recently hit a new low over allegations that Iran hired a Mexican drug cartel to assassinate Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the US by blowing up a restaurant in Washington.
Iran has demanded a formal apology from Washington over the allegation, but the Obama administration insists it has clear evidence of Tehran’s involvement in the plot and aims to seek a further round of sanctions at the United Nations Security Council.
Ramin Mehmanparast, a spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry, called Mrs Clinton’s remarks “unprofessional” and said they demonstrated “the fundamental contradiction between the words and deeds of American officials”.
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