Parliament, Intelligence Ministry Officials Studying Possible Tapping of MPs' Cell Phones [FARS News Agency]
(FARS News Agency Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) TEHRAN (FNA)- Senior Iranian intelligence ministry and parliamentary officials, in a meeting in Tehran on Sunday, studied possible breach of security through the cell phones and other electronic devices of the Iranian MPs.
"The today's session of the (parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy) Commission hosted high-ranking intelligence ministry officials with expertise in the field of security threats of cell phones, laptops, computers and other electronic equipment and devices," Rapporteur of the commission Seyed Hossein Naqavi Hosseini told reporters on Sunday. Naqavi Hosseini reiterated that the world power's spy agencies and the terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO, also known as MEK, NCRI or PMOI) are seriously after tapping, extracting and transferring information, and hacking electronic systems of Iranian officials. "Today the mobile phones, even when turned off, are the easiest means for gaining information and news and unfortunately some news and classified documents fall in the hand of espionage system in this way," the lawmaker said. Yet, the legislator did not say if any breach of security has taken place through the cell phones of the Iranian MPs. One of the classified documents revealed to the public by whistleblower Edward Snowden said the National Security Agency monitored the phone conversations of 35 world leaders after being given the numbers by an official in another US government department. The confidential memo, dated October 2006, reveals that the NSA encourages senior officials in its "customer" departments, such as the White House, State and the Pentagon, to share their "Rolodexes" so the agency can add the phone numbers of leading foreign politicians to their surveillance systems. The document notes that one unnamed US official handed over 200 numbers, including those of the 35 world leaders, none of whom is named. These were immediately "tasked" for monitoring by the NSA. The revelation is set to add to mounting diplomatic tensions between the US and its allies, after the German Chancellor Angela Merkel accused the US of tapping her mobile phone. The NSA memo suggests that such surveillance was not isolated, as the agency routinely monitors the phone numbers of world leaders â€“ and even asks for the assistance of other US officials to do so. The rift over US surveillance activities first emerged earlier this year with reports that Washington had bugged European Union offices and tapped half a billion phone calls, emails and text messages in Germany in a typical month. Â Â Â
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