Iran 'uncovers cyber plot to topple gov't'
An IRGC unit tasked with monitoring organized cyber crimes says it has uncovered a plot supported by the Netherlands to topple the Iranian government.
Iran's Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) says its members have uncovered a plot for a "soft overthrow" of the country's government.
In a Saturday statement, the IRGC accused the Netherlands of conspiring to foment a velvet revolution in the country by supporting the opposition through the media and different Internet sites.
"One of the Western countries that has provided the opposition with financial aid in recent years is the Netherlands," read the statement released by an IRGC unit tasked with monitoring organized cyber crime, Iran daily reported on Saturday.
The IRGC said the Dutch parliament had agreed to a 2005 proposal put forward by Farah Karimi, a Green Left party MP of Iranian origin, to allocate 15 million Euros in funds to finance a "media polarization campaign" in the country.
"Coupled with British assistance and secret US funding", the money had ultimately reached websites working against the interests of the Islamic Republic, such as RoozOnline, Zamaneh, Zigzag, and Shahrzad.
Among the organizations implicated for involvement in transferring the funds was the BBC World Service Trust.
The statement came just days after the IRGC shut down a number of networks and websites under charges of planning a "soft toppling" of the government.
According to the IRGC, the networks operated by targeting certain individuals and providing them with financial incentives in return for their "anti-government activities."
The websites were also charged with involvement in attempts to "desecrate religious beliefs, insult the Holy Qur'an and promote anti-religious sentiments."
The report comes as earlier in January Iran sentenced to prison members of a US-backed network found guilty of attempting to orchestrate a "velvet revolution" in the country.
The US-backed overthrow movements take place despite the 1981 Algiers Accords signed between the US and Iran in the aftermath of US embassy takeover in Tehran.
"The United States pledges that it is and from now on will be the policy of the United States not to intervene, directly or indirectly, politically or militarily, in Iran's internal affairs," reads Point 1 of the accords, which led to the release of the American hostages.
The US has opened an Office of Iranian Affairs (OIA) in the State Department and tasked the unit with drawing up plans to overthrow the Iranian government.
With the help of Elizabeth Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, the office launched the "Democracy Program" initiative, which has been shrouded in the cloth of secrecy since its inception.
The US Congress has reportedly appropriated more than $120 million to fund the project of "development of civil society in Iran."