#iranelection cyberwar guide for beginners
Posted at June 16, 2009
The purpose of this guide is to help you participate constructively in the Iranian
election protests through twitter.
1. Do NOT publicise proxy IPs over twitter, and especially not using the
#iranelection hashtag. Security forces are monitoring this hashtag, and the
moment they identify a proxy IP they will block it in Iran. If you are creating new
proxies for the Iranian bloggers, DM them to @stopAhmadi or @iran09 and they
will distributed them discretely to bloggers in Iran.
2. Hashtags, the only two legitimate hashtags being used by bloggers in Iran are
#iranelection and #gr88, other hashtag ideas run the risk of diluting the
3. Keep you bull$hit filter up! Security forces are now setting up twitter
accounts to spread disinformation by posing as Iranian protesters. Please dont
retweet impetuosly, try to confirm information with reliable sources before
retweeting. The legitimate sources are not hard to find and follow.
4. Help cover the bloggers: change your twitter settings so that your location is
TEHRAN and your time zone is GMT +3.30. Security forces are hunting for
bloggers using location and timezone searches. If we all become Iranians it
becomes much harder to find them.
5. Dont blow their cover! If you discover a genuine source, please dont
publicise their name or location on a website. These bloggers are in REAL
danger. Spread the word discretely through your own networks but dont
signpost them to the security forces. People are dying there, for real, please keep
that in mind.
6. Do spread the (legitimate) word, it works! When the bloggers asked for
twitter maintenance to be postponed using the #nomaintenance tag, it had the
desired effect. As long as we spread good information, provide moral support to
the protesters, and take our lead from the legitimate bloggers, we can make a
Please remember that this is about the future of the Iranian people, while it
might be exciting to get caught up in the flow of participating in a new meme, do
not lose sight of what this is really about.