Officials Confirm Internet Interruptions During Presidential Election
During Iran’s 2013 presidential election, local Internet clients used to suffer from Internet interruptions. A group of users were unable to open certain ports and websites utilizing security protocols such as HTTPS. In that time, the Iranian officials refused to make comment in this regard. However, the problem was widely covered by Iran-based news agencies and news papers.
Mohammad Hassan Nami, Iran’s IT Minister, said on Friday that local security services caused Internet interruptions in country in order to reduce the existing risks. In 2009, opposition groups used to take advantage of social networking websites including but not limited to Facebook and Twitter to organize demonstrations and protests against Islamic Republic.
“There were known issues during the most recent presidential election. IT Ministry in cooperation with intelligence services used to make interruptions in Internet connections to keep the cyber space clean from external threats. I can confirm that several organizations were involved in Internet interruptions. Currently, there is not any major problem in national networks.” Mohammad Hassan Nami informed local reporters.
Nami also reiterated that Iranian government doesn’t have any more plan to make additional interruptions in Internet connections. “As the elections have been concluded, there is no need to continue these actions.”
He went on to acknowledge Iranian clients for tolerating the conditions. “Nowadays, more than 45 million people in Iran are using Internet. Such interruptions may cause problems for users. Iranian government warmly thanks these respectful users for toleration the conditions in order to secure national interests.”