by Fabio Giuseppe Carlo Carisio for VT Italy

The website of the most important, reliable and followed Iranian news agency was blocked by the US on Sunday 26 January and since then starts a real cyber-war between Iranian and American experts.

It seems incredible but this has happened on the net in the last 24 hours when numerous Iranian web addresses have been hit by Washington with a very ingenious strategy…

FarsNews.com is one of the leading news agencies in Iran, started working as the first non-state news agency in 2003 and under the registered name of the Fars Press and Culture Institute. It is affiliated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and was hit in the midst of a clash with American President Donald Trump who ordered the killing of General Qasem Soleimani, commander of the Quds Forces, the special department for foreign missions of the Pasdaran themselves (another name of IRGC).

But as the Pentagon hackers will have found it difficult to violate the sophisticated Firewall of the Iranian protection system, they have found another trick …

In an e-mail to Fars News Agency, the international service provider has plainly explained that “the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has included the news agency in its SDN list and ordered it to stop domain services to Fars News Agency” in an illegal move» reports the News Agency, who, in the meantime, returned online only for those who had in cache memory the IP address of the .com domain that was automatically redirected to the Iranian national domain.IR also for the FarsNews edition in English.

Fars News Agency is still up and available on its .ir domain. The FNA’s IT section is working on removing current problems on this domain as a huge number of readers have shifted from the .com – that was usually more referred to – to the .ir domain – reads further – FNA extends its apology to our dear readers for inconvenience and the problems resulting from this uncivilized move by the US administration».

The case has been largely ignored by the Western media except for Radio Farda, the Iranian branch of the United States government-funded Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty external broadcasting service that broadcasts 24 hours a day in Persian from its headquarters in the district Hagibor in Prague, Czech Republic.

Maryam Sinaiee, a British-Iranian journalist, political analyst and former correspondent of The National, wrote a topic for Radio Farda for explaining the situation.

Obviously, being the media financed by Washington, the reporter focused more on the alleged violations committed by Iran to remedy the problem than the blatantly undemocratic act of blocking the site which Far News considers absolutely illegal.

An official of a company owned by Iran’s Ministry of Telecommunications admitted Saturday that the company has restored the .com domain of Fars News Agency by resorting to DNS spoofing or hacking in simple terms. This is the first time in Iran’s Internet history that the regime has admitted DNS spoofing, experts say» reads.

Sajad Bonabi, member of the Board of Directors of Telecommunications Infrastructures Company

The admission to spoofing, also known as DNS cache poisoning, came on Saturday in a tweet by Sajad Bonabi, a member of the Board of Directors of Telecommunications Infrastructures Company owned by the Telecommunication Ministry» added Radio Farda

In his tweet, Bonabi said through measures taken ​[by the company] the problem that Fars News was facing had been resolved. He also advised the websites and companies “that suspect they would be targeted by the cowardly sanctions of the United States” could get in touch with the company to be informed of precautionary measures» wrote Maryam Sinaiee.

“For the first time in Iran’s Internet history, the Iranian regime has confirmed they have done DNS Spoofing. DNS Spoofing is a method used by hackers to redirect the traffic of a particular website to another destination” London-based digital security expert and hacker-hunter Amin Sabeti told Radio Farda.

In the case of Fars News, it means Iran has started to redirect the traffic of Farsnews.com to Farsnews.ir in the infrastructure level for viewers of the website in Iran. “We can call this, in simple terms, a ‘hack’,” Sabeti says.

For almost a day Farsnews.com visitors would see a message saying the IP address could not be found. Like most other websites Fars has alternative domain names, such as Farsnews.ir. Currently, anyone inside Iran who tries to access Farsnews.com is automatically redirected to Farsnews.ir, a national domain which cannot be affected by U.S. sanctions.

«However, outside Iran, Farsnews.com cannot be reached unless Farsnews.ir was visited before and the IP address still exists in the browsing history of the device used to access the site – highlighted further Radio Farda – Visitors inside Iran now have access to the website of Fars News Agency but losing the .com domain means the News Agency will lose its visibility in search engines and all the links to its website, at least for visitors from outside the country.

Fars News Agency publishes news in Persian, English, Arabic and Turkish so the loss of the .com domain will deprive it of the audience it has outside Iran.

In an earlier tweet on Friday evening, Bonabi had said ​that his “colleagues” were offering advice to the companies affected by the U.S. sanctioning of .com domains used in Iran. “The infrastructure that exists in the National Information Network (NIN) resolves many such concerns about unfair sanctions,” he said in his tweet.

NIN is an intranet and relies on the Internet to function. It is the tool that the regime is planning to use to censor the Internet because it provides access only to selected content and bars VPNs from being used for accessing the sites that the Iranian authorities have blocked.

«Bonabi also reassured Iranian website owners that the problem only affected .com domains sold by American domain registrars and .com domains could also be purchased from none-American registrars or they could simply use domain names with the national .ir ending» the journalist Sinai explained.

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The fighting between Iran and Us on the internet start a few days ago after the Soleimani killing in a drone attack in Tehran by a Us Air Force.

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May be that the sophisticated Iranian security protection was too hard for hacking. Or, likely, that White House wants to give not only temporary damage but also a permanent one with doing the lose of FarsNews visibility in all search web engines.

A new kind of war is starting. How much is legal this Us move? The answer is similar to the one on the assassination of general Soleimani, considered a great violation fo international laws by Iran, Russia and many other countries.

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Fabio is Director and Editor of Gospa News; a Christian Information Journal. Fabio Giuseppe Carlo Carisio, born on 24/2/1967 in Borgosesia, started working as a reporter since he was only 19 years old in the alpine area of Valsesia, Piedmont, his birth region in Italy. After studying literature and history at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan, he became deputy director of a local newspaper and specialized in judicial reporting. For about 15 years he is a correspondent from Northern Italy for the Italian newspapers Libero and Il Giornale, also writing important revelations on the Ustica massacre, a report on Freemasonry and organized crime. With independent investigations he collaborates with Carabinieri and Guardia di Finanza in important investigations that conclude with the arrest of Camorra entrepreneurs or corrupt politicians. In July 2018 he found the counter-information webmedia Gospa News focused on geopolitics, terrorism, Middle East and military intelligence. He is a correspondent from Italy for the French news site Reseau International. He worked since many years for the magazine Art & Wine as art critic and curator http://www.art-wine.eu/
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10 COMMENTS

  1. The Trump admin’s listening posts are bunch of carnival freaks who haven’t been connected or relevant to anything Iranian for nearly half a century. That they were advised to try to take down IRNA or PressTV (they have blocked PressTV on at least my cellular based internet, a major carrier) illustrates how out of touch and clueless they are about the Iranian conventional wisdom. Their actions reflect the ulterior interests and motivations of those listening posts — revenge against Iran’s government who ousted them as opportunistic parasites. But they’re also laughable strategies. As others said below, this results in the “Streisand Effect” to actually bring attention to IRNA. Iranians will be curious why the State Dept. found the news site to be such a threat and discover that the news site was saying things that they liked versus Trump, who Iranians universally despise (like no one else I’ve ever seen in 40 years). They also imagine like children that there can be no work around to what they’ve done, like for IRNA to simply syndicate in mirror sites. Or, that — if but for Iranian news sites — Iranians will suddenly believe their horse 💩 instead of literally mocking them at every social gathering. It’s the same way the Trumpster fire admin. is treating the US electorate. Like everyone is as dumb and low IQ as them. (“BRING ME A MAP WITH NO LABELS! POINT TO UKRAINE!” 🤣)

  2. All wonderful comments. Thank you. I am just an observer but what I observe is an America completely disconnected from it roots, and further detect that it is not The Frankfurt School Jews that are the problem, it is the Goyim who do their work. That is the problem. If a man’s wife has an affair, and the husband kills the guilty man, is his problem over? No. He has a wife problem. It is not the Frankfurt School Jews who are the problem. They can’t do anything without the cooperation of the American Goyim. They are the problem.

    • Shut up The Instigating EVIL is the Problem …… Shut Up ” Tel Aviv Housewife ” You the Jews corrupt Everyone to use Them as Obidient Slaves Massacring ALL across the Gole ……. The Evil INSTIGATING JEWS Are UnForgiveable ……..

  3. I would just like to congratulate Washington for this splendid move.

    farsnews.com was not a regular visited news site for me. Now I have added farsnews.ir to my bookmarks.

    Thank you for directing me to a source of news to help debunk your constant utter bullshit. :p

  4. The Zionist NWO will do everything they can to impose evil into the world. A little off topic, but when I first started traveling, outside the US , I was a – at least a -half-way respected citizen of the great USA. This was in all of the Americas, and Europe, where my second wife was from. Today when I travel, I’m so on guard, its like traveling on the south side of Chicago – without a gun. I’m always watching my back and looking , in case I’m a set-up. This is what this NWO Cabal has done to all of us.