Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization says an email server of its subsidiary was hacked in a “foreign” attack amid protests over the death of Mahsa Amini.
A group called Black Reward on Friday issued an ultimatum on Twitter, threatening to release documents on Tehran’s nuclear program unless all “political prisoners, prisoners of conscience and people arrested in the recent protests” were released within 24 hours.
Material on social media said to be released by the group on Saturday included a short clip from a purported nuclear site in Iran, as well as documents containing agreements, maps and payslips.
The nuclear agency acknowledges in a statement that a hack had targeted its subsidiary, the Atomic Energy Production and Development Company, but downplays the importance of the documents.
As promised, Black Reward just published the first part of Nuclear docs/footage they hacked, in their Telegram channel.
This is one of Iran’s nuclear reactors.
Yesterday, they gave 24hrs to the I.R. to release ALL political prisoners or they leak the docspic.twitter.com/4nxXetC3tn
— Pouria Zeraati (@pouriazeraati) October 22, 2022
“Unauthorized access by a source originating from a specific foreign country to the email system of this company led to the publication of the content of some emails on social media,” it says in a statement.
These emails contain “technical messages and normal and daily exchanges,” it added.
“The purpose of such illegal efforts, which are made out of desperation, is to attract public attention, creating media atmospheres and psychological operations,” the statement continued.