Iranian cyber warfare commander shot dead

Iranian cyber warfare commander shot dead

Summary: The Commander of the Iranian Cyber War Headquarters has been killed, but there are conflicting reports of whether assassination is suspected.

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A report in the Telegraph states that Mojtaba Ahmadi, who served as commander of the iranian Cyber War Headquarters, has been shot dead. The Telegraph says that the authorities suspect assassination.

A later report in International Business Times cites a statement on the Iranian web site Alborz, which IBTimes says "is closely linked to the powerful Iranian Revolutionary Guard", as disputing the assassination claim.

The Alborz statement acknowledges an attack on Ahmadi, but says that motive has not been determined. It doesn't even appear to acknowledge that Ahmadi is dead.

Assassination would be a reasonable explanation, as five Iranian nuclear scientists and the head of the country's ballistic missile program have been killed since 2007. The Ahmadi attack was committed by two persons on a motorbike, according to the commander of the local police, and motorbikes have been used in some of the other killings. In the most recent one prior to Ahmadi's, Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, a chemist who worked in the uranium enrichment plant at Natanz, died when an explosive device blew up on his car.

The Iranian government has accused the Israeli of the previous attacks.

Topics: Security, Government

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  • It was just supposed to be a virtual shooting

    Doh!
    greywolf7
  • Conflicting reports of whether assassination is suspected

    Who in their right mind would think that a warfare commander would fall to a random shooting?
    Astringent
  • sometimes...

    security is not just 0's and 1's.
    BitBanger_USA
  • assassination?

    could have been Israelis or maybe a severance package from the
    ayatollah!
    preferred user
  • Such a shame

    I am sure he was a wonderful person once you got to know him. I'll have to throw a Jihad in his honor.
    KBabcock75
  • The price they pay

    This sort of thing is part of the price Iran is paying for being a rogue state and a primary sponsor of terrorism abroad. Or rather, it is part of the price the Iranian people are paying. Terrorism is integral to modern warfare. Indeed it has become the primary weapon in what is called asynchronous warfare, that is, war among contenders of unequal strength and resources. By sponsoring a variety of organizations who employ terror tactics, Iran is, in effect, at war with much of the rest of the world. They have in this way made themselves targets for retaliation of the sort that claimed the life of this and other personnel who are employed in one way and another in their own weapons programs. Among less belligerent nations this kind of attack is, though not unheard of, nevertheless highly unusual. We would not, for instance, undertake to assassinate the head of Chinese cyber warfare, even though the Chinese have been very aggressive in this area in recent years. Rather than kill Chinese, we endeavor to harden our defenses against them and other such attacks through non-violent means.

    Iran will, sooner or later, decide to spare their people a world of hurt and join the rest of the world in less belligerent relations, or they will continue to be a target for the world's animus.

    I don't presume to put all this in moral terms - there is nothing moral about any kind of warfare. But as a merely practical matter Iran will only grow weaker as long as they continue to be so hostile to the peace of other nations.

    Excuse me for taking this matter seriously. While I understand the temptation to be glib about such things, I don't think death and assassination, even of our enemies, are appropriate subjects for humor. There but for the grace of God go you or I.
    thewhitedog
    • Finally!

      Re: thewhitedog

      I have read thousands of political stories, commentaries, and letters to editors. Unfortunately, they are almost exclusively devoid of compassion (where warranted) and/or rational thought. Your reply was well written and I appreciate the exception to the rule.
      coveycraig
    • Re: Iran will, sooner or later

      The same can be said unfortunately, for any other country that engages in tormenting other countries' people, such as the US. Do US citizens deserve to suffer? Perhaps yes...

      Still, my sympathy is with all those who suffer for the sins of their governors.

      Or maybe not?

      "We would not, for instance, undertake to assassinate the head of Chinese cyber warfare"

      How "you", the US citizen know that "you" the US state (and military, and CIA, and the US cyber warfare staff and even those "nice" US citizens that serve as pilots of drones in some other country and kill innocent people with real guns, while sitting in the comfort of their home) ... don't do it?

      Perhaps, the Chinese are just too good and "you" can't kill their head of cyber warfare, but "you" managed to take off the Iranian one....

      At the end, everyone get's what they deserve. Fortunately.
      danbi
      • brings tears to my eyes

        According to The Australian, “dozens of bodies lined the streets” of three Christian villages in northern Nigeria. “Other victims of the weekend’s Muslim fury jammed a local morgue, the limbs of slaughtered children tangled in a grotesque mess.” Children were scalped, “most had severed hands and feet,” and “officials estimate that 500 people were massacred in night-time raids by rampaging Muslim gangs.” According to one eyewitness media account, “They then set homes on fire and attacked men, women and children. Many were decapitated.”
        rock3k
    • who supports terrorism?

      Benghazi. Fast and furious. Dozens of dictators the likes of Pinochet. The US even helped Pol Pot take hold, made Saddam Hussein what he was and handed the Kims nuclear capability on a silver platter. Everything from Viet Nam through the Balkans and into today's contractor cash cow belligerence throughout the middle east has been predicated on a premeditated false flag for the sole benefit of Ike's military-industrial-(congressional) complex.

      What should be done about any of that, so far as right and just are concerned?
      pgit
  • Another one bites the dust....

    Nice going Israel.......
    medmann41@...
  • Re: thewhitedog - Thanks

    I agree with everything you say and want to add one more item.

    Please don't forget that Russia is supporting/helping Iran, as well at Syria, and that country has never really been a friend of the USA. Just my 2 cents.
    -PAW
    pwehrman@...
  • Hmmmm

    I'm guessing the more anti-government Iranians that are behind this as well as probably all the previous assassinations.
    Gisabun