Head of Iran’s Cyber Warfare Program Latest Victim in Series of Assassinations

Posted: 4th October 2013
Head of Iran’s Cyber Warfare Program Latest Victim in Series of Assassinations

The head of Iran’s cyber warfare program, Mojtaba Ahmadi, was found dead earlier this week with initial evidence suggesting he was assassinated. This is far from the first time that a member of Iran’s military and scientific communities has been the victim of targeted killing.

The below timeline shows events dating back to 2007 when Iranian nuclear scientists and military figures were assassinated.

Iranian Scientist Assassination Timeline

Iranian Scientist Assassination Timeline

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The individual events are:

  • January 2007 – Ardeshir Hassanpour, a scientist involved with Iran’s nuclear program, died under ‘mysterious circumstances’ with conflicting reports alleging both accidental gas poisoning and assassination by Mossad.
  • October 2009 – Five Revolutionary Guard members including Deputy Commander Gen. Noor Ali Shooshtari were killed in a suicide bombing allegedly carried out by the Sunni militant group Jundallah.
  • January 2010 – Iranian physics professor Massoud Ali Mahammadi killed in remote controlled motorcycle attack outside his Tehran home.
  • November 2010 – Nuclear scientist Majid Shahriari was killed and another scientist injured in an attack using magnetized bombs attached to their cars.
  • July 2011 – Iranian scientist Dariush Rezaei was assassinated outside of his home.
  • January 2012 – Nuclear scientist and professor Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan, who worked at Iran’s Natanz uranium enrichment facility, was killed in Tehran when assailants a bomb attached to his car exploded.
  • October 2013 – Head of Iran’s cyber operations Mojtaba Ahmadi shot and killed outside of Tehran.