Iranian hackers target religious minorities
A report published by a cyber-threat investigative organisation, Check Point Research, found that religious minorities were among those most heavily targeted by Iranian government backed hackers. This includes both computers and phones.
Impacted individuals were living abroad, mostly in the US and Europe, but had maintained ties to their home communities and were often activists.
The Iranian government has forced many Christians to flee the country because of intense persecution. But this has not stopped believers from engaging with their family, friends, and churches still living in Iran.
Some have started Gospel ministries or more informal Bible study groups. These individuals frequently report being targeted in some way by the Iranian government, even though they now reside outside of the country.
Iranian authorities are concerned about the rapid growth of Christianity within the country, which is officially Islamic. This has led to an increase of persecution, but this has not stopped the growth of Iran’s underground churches.