Iranian Misinformation Network, Website Seizures, and What’s Left Online
The U.S. Department of Justice took down several Iran-owned websites believed to be involved in a misinformation campaign on June 2021.
In an effort to uncover possibly connected artifacts to make the Internet safer and more transparent, we at WhoisXML API dove deep into the threat, specifically three of the seized sites—presstv[.]com, lualuatv[.]com, and almasirah[.]net, aided by our comprehensive DNS intelligence sources.
Our in-depth analysis provided these results:
- presstv[.]com’s WHOIS record indicated Instra Corporation Pty Ltd. as its registrant organization.
- One of the domains connected to presstv[.]com provided a non-redacted registrant name from a historical WHOIS record.
- presstv[.]com had 37 connected domains, 18 of which continued to host live content. Apart from English, some sites used French and Spanish.
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