TEHRAN — Iran has moved most of its government websites to local hosts to protect them from cyber attacks, the country's deputy communications minister said on Thursday.
Ali Hakim Javadi, who is also head of Iran's technology organisation, said more than 90 percent of the websites had already been transferred as "it was necessary to protect governmental information on the Internet."
Quoted in local media, he said some 30,000 Iranian websites, "including those of key organisations such as ministries," were previously hosted by foreign companies, particularly by those in North America.
"The websites were under constant threat (of cyber attacks) and thus information could be exposed and manipulated," Hakim Javadi added.
American companies were hosting Iranian government websites?
First off, that's so remarkably stupid on the part of the Iranians that it defies belief.
Second, under what circumstances were American companies permitted to do business with the Iranian government by hosting their websites. I will bet the proverbial dollar to a donut that you will find predominant republican ownership/management of such companies. Sounds like an opportunity for rendition of these Americans under the NDAA.