US seizes Iranian government domains masked as legitimate news outlets

US law enforcement has seized 92 domains used to spread propaganda and fake news by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). 

The Department of Justice (DoJ) said on Wednesday that the IRGC has used the domains to “unlawfully engage in a global disinformation campaign.”

Four of the domains were used to create news outlets that appeared legitimate but the flow of ‘news’ articles and contents hosted by the websites were controlled by the IRGC. 

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In particular, US audiences were targeted with Iranian propaganda “to influence United States domestic and foreign policy in violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA),” the DoJ claims.

Google tipped off US law enforcement to the global campaign, and then with the help of the tech giant, Twitter, Facebook, and the FBI, 92 domains were confiscated on October 7.

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