Iran has been developing its own domestic Internet network which would control all the data and information citizens of Iran would access. Iran has already connected all its government agencies to a secure domestic Internet service and plans to link ordinary Iranians up to the same network. This is a move to strengthen its nation’s cyber security, actually a new offline platform, censored and blocking Google, its E-mail services and other websites.

[box_dark]”In recent days, all governmental agencies and offices have been connected to the national information network,” deputy communications and technology minister Ali Hakim-Javadi was quoted as saying on Sunday by the Mehr news agency.[/box_dark]

The Islamic state has been tightening its cyber security after disputed nuclear programme was attacked in 2010 by the Stuxnet computer worm causing centrifuges to fail at the main Iranian uranium enrichment facility. The nuclear facility is suspected of developing a bomb by the west and has accused United states and Israel for deploying worm.

[box_dark]Communications and Technology Minister Reza Taqipour said last month Iran needed to develop its own network to ensure the safety of the country’s information, the Fars news agency reported.

“Especially on major issues and during crises, one cannot trust this network at all,” he said, referring to the global Internet. “Control over the Internet should not be in the hands of one or two countries.”[/box_dark]

Iran has also previously tried to block access to certain foreign websites, deemed to have un-Islamic content with many expressing anti-government views.

Source: slashgear, NDTV

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