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'Anonymous' hacks Iranian government websites

'Anonymous' hacks Iranian government websites

Several Iranian government media websites linked to the state have been shut down and hacker group Anonymous has claimed responsibility for the cyber attacks. Anonymous on Twitter announced that these attacks were carried out in order to support the protests after the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini.

"The Iranian people are not alone," Anonymous said.

The 22-year-old woman from the northwestern province of Kurdistan died on Friday in Tehran after suffering a stroke while in custody for her "indecent" hijab.

Iranian authorities have denied any allegations of mistreatment or beating Amin and said she had pre-existing conditions that contributed to her death, but her family has denied the claims.

A video released early Wednesday showed footage of protests in several Iranian cities that have erupted since Amini's death.

It appears that the two main Iranian government websites were the main targets of the attacks.

One is the government's "smart services" website, which offers a variety of online services, and another is aimed at publishing government news and interviews with officials.

The Iranian government has yet to officially comment on the allegations or the attacks.

Several other websites, including the website of Iranian state television, were also attacked and were down for some time.