Monitors at an airport in Iran were reportedly hacked Thursday in protest of the Iranian government and the cost of its regional interventionism.
The messages on the screens at Mashhad’s airport denounced “wasting Iranians’ lives and financial resources in Gaza, Lebanon and Syria by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC),” according to Radio Farda.
The IRGC, an elite unit, plays a central role in Iran’s support for Syria’s President Bashar Assad, as well as terror groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah.
During a wave of government protests in December and January in which protesters vented anger at high unemployment and official corruption, many demonstrators protested against the IRGC’s massive budget, its costly interventions across the region, and against the supreme leader himself.
Hackers take control of monitors at Iran's Mashhad Airport displaying signs in support of #IranProtests. The signs reads "How much longer?" and carry the Farsi hashtag calling for nationwide protests. #اعتراضات_سراسری#FreeIran2018 #IranRegimeChange (May 24, 2018) pic.twitter.com/y5J7CzLiek
— M. Hanif Jazayeri (@HanifJazayeri) May 25, 2018
In Thursday’s hack attack, a group calling itself Tapandegan (Palpitaters) also expressed support for ongoing anti-government protests in the city of Kazeroon in the messages on the arrival and departure monitors.
The group also hacked the email of the airport’s civil aviation head, from which they shared news of the hacking, Radio Farda reported.
Mashhad, Iran’s second largest city and home to important religious sites, is where the recent protests began in December. Though sparked by high prices and unemployment, the demonstrations in the city included chants such as “Death to the dictator” and “Not Gaza, not Lebanon, my life for Iran.”
Agencies contributed to this report.