Recent attacks on Balatarin

March 10, 2011— Independent website, Balatarin, announced today that the recent attacks on its website servers are now under control. A coordinated attack against several Farsi language online media outlets began on the evening of Wednesday, February 9, targeting a large variety of opposition, reformist, and independent websites such as HRANA, Saham News, Kaleme, Iran Green Voice, Advar News, and Balatarin, continued until February 15. Some of the websites were continually attacked for three days. However, all websites returned to normal operation shortly thereafter. According to a February 22 VOA News report, “a group of computer hackers hijacked websites run by the Voice of America this week, sending its online traffic to an Internet website claimed to be run by the Iranian Cyber Army.” Attacks on Balatarin have recurred each time a public protest has taken place over the past month. Balatarin has successfully managed the latest attacks of March 8, 2011.

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