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Cyber-Police in the Islamic Republic of Iran

Nickie Phillips

By Shima Rostami

Among various cyber-crime organizations there is an organization, though faced with many criticisms, that has done a worthy job of fighting against cyber-crime. On the 23rd of January 2011, a new branch of Iranian police was launched by Commander Ahmad Moghaddam, the head of the Iranian Police force. This new branch, called FATA, is the cyber police of the Islamic Republic of Iran which fundamentally monitors production and communication in cyber space. The establishment of this new branch created much controversy internationally which makes it remarkable for any security researcher to take a glance at FATA functions and performances.

Cyber-crime is any crime that involves a computer and a network. The computer may have been used either in the commission of a crime or be the target. Sometimes cyber-crimes are committed by criminals as a profession. However, in most cases, specifically in terrorism, cyber-crime is an instrument for such organizations to facilitate their attacks. Hence, there is a need to concentrate on expanding counter-crimes’ and law enforcements’ knowledge and techniques to chase those kinds of crimes: not only because inherently they are crimes but also in this era of internet technology, cyber-crime is a gateway for other criminals like terrorism to threaten the security of the world.

In order to create a better understanding of current perception on global peace and international terrorism a qualitative survey study was conducted in cooperation with the Religion Department of a Midwest private school. The survey was given to 80 students in World Religion, Islam and the West, and the History of Christianity courses.

Full Text - The Cyber-Police Of the Islamic Republic of Iran


Shima Rostami is a graduate student at Lindenwood University.