The extent to which hackers think up elaborate schemes to win people's trust online never ceases to amaze. The latest ones to be so bold are a crew of Iranian hackers who won the trust of American leaders by building a fake news site, along with phony social media profiles for all its fake writers. And it worked.
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This is one of the coolest buildings I've seen in a long time: a structure designed to turn everyone into Spider-man by allowing people to climb all over its interior and exterior. It kind of feels like a glitch in the Matrix: a computer-generated mountain that needs more polygons and some textures.
It's been over three years since the discovery of the Stuxnet worm, but new revelations continue to trickle out from the cybersecurity community. Actually, this latest one is more of a torrent than a trickle: Turns out Stuxnet had an evil secret twin.
Lately, we've seen how hackers can cause havoc on the high seas, but the shenanigans have been limited to security researchers for the most part. They wanted to prove that it was possible to do things like take over a ship's navigation system so that it doesn't happen in real life. Welp, too late for that now.
While Iran's been busy bragging about mass producing the American ScanEagle drone that crash landed there last year — and giving the Russians a copy — some less than intimidating footage is trickling out of Tehran. It looks like Iran's newest drones are pretty rickety.
US officials have revealed that Iran has hacked US Navy computers. According to the WSJ, the Iranian hackers were able to tap into a "network that is used for e-mail and the service's internal intranet."
Taking a page from the North Korean Handbook for Successful International Diplomacy, Iran has recently announced that it is inaugurating a new addition to its Ardakan Yellowcake Production Plant. The facility will handle the processing of the 60 some-odd tonnes of uranium excavated from the nearby Saghand uranium mine after the latest international round of unsuccessful nuclear negotiations. Because this isn't going to inflame tensions or anything.
Ali Razeghi, an Iranian scientist who is the managing director of Iran's Centre for Strategic Inventions, has done something only the great Doc Brown has done: he's created a time machine. But unlike Doc's DeLorean, Razeghi's "The Aryayek Time travelling Machine" can only take you to the future. What are we waiting for? Let's go!
Iran and the internet don't exactly get along. Between trying to shut down all Google services and replacing YouTube with a state-sponsored clone, Iran has been making moves to make its intranet the place to be. By blocking everything else. Until now, tech-savvy and internet-loving Iranians have been able to use VPNs to get out into the internet wilds, but no longer.
Oh, Iran. Your Qaher 313 stealth fighter jet sure looks intimidating, but it will never get off the ground. So why do you insist on tricking everybody into thinking that the beast can fly? Iran has photoshopped the Qaher 313 onto a stock image of Mount Damavand to make it look like its flying.
Iranian state television reports that the country's military has not only successfully decrypted surveillance video from the US military's Scan Eagle drone "captured" last December but have reverse engineered the avionics and are now rolling out a domestically-produced version of its own.
If this is what it looks like, this is bad for everyone who isn't Iran: after claiming the capture of a downed, super-advanced American drone in 2011, we now have what looks like decoded video straight from its brain.
On February 1, 2013, Iran unveiled its indigenous fighter jet named "Qaher 313". The prototype of the Q-313 (or F-313 according to the stencils applied to the aircraft), was presented to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and publicly displayed as part of the Ten-Day Dawn ceremonies held in Iran to celebrate the 1979 victory of the Islamic Revolution.