Investigators have spotted a server located near Haarlem, outside of Amsterdam in the northwest Netherlands, and probably used for The Islamic Republic regime’s espionage.
Security company Bitdefender and radio program Argos have reportedly identified a server in a data center near Haarlem that they believe is being used by the Islamic Republic of Iran to spy on political dissidents, Rik Delhaas of Argos said to NOS.
The server is used by Tehran to spy on political dissidents, says Rik Delhaas of Argos on NPO Radio 1.
“The program found the server after a tip from an Iranian man who lives in the Netherlands and received a file from an Iranian dissident via the chat app Telegram,” according to NL Times.
“Fortunately, he did not open it and his computer was not infected,” said Delhaas.
Argos asked Bitdefender to investigate the file. The security company discovered that the Iranian regime was trying to break into computers and phones in countries like the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, and India, according to Argos. The software used was previously linked to the Iranian regime by security experts.
The server involved is a command and control server. People who spread malware use these types of servers to control infected computers, to steal data for example, according to NOS. Based on internet traffic, Bitdefender traced the server to the vicinity of Haarlem.
The American company that rents the servers immediately stopped cooperation with the party behind this server, after Argos informed it of their findings.