Iranian Official Warns Of Espionage Via Social Media And Smartphones

February 7, 2017

On January 29, 2017, it was reported that the head of Iran’s Civil Defense Organization, Brigadier General Gholam Reza Jalali, had warned of the use of social media and smartphones by Iran’s enemies to conduct espionage operations against the country. He called on Iranians to be careful with their smartphones since newer models can be used to register anyone’s fingerprint or photo of their corneas, and the information can be stored in servers outside of the country and be used to identify anyone in the world. Jalali’s comments came following remarks by a senior member of the Civil Defense Organization, Alireza Karimi, that “at present, the U.S. has launched a project named Nitro Zeus with the aim of attacking Iran’s defense and telecommunication infrastructures,” adding that it would likely be much more dangerous than the Stuxnet project.

Source:, January 29, 2017