On October 8, 2022, the evening news bulletin on Channel 1 (Iran), which was simultaneously being aired on IRINN TV (Iran), was hacked by an opposition group called “Ali’s Justice” as it was airing a statement made by Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. The hacked broadcast aired a slide in support of the recent protests surrounding the death of Mahsa Amini, and it called on viewers to rebel against the regime. It also showed an image of Khamenei in crosshairs and engulfed in flames with the caption: “The blood of the youth is dripping from your hooves”. In addition, the slide included photos of Mahsa Amini and of other Iranian women killed by authorities during the protests.
Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei: “One of my friends who understands these things, said that Nader Mahdavi…”
Ali’s Justice Hacker: “Woman, life, freedom!”
Onscreen text: “Join us and rebel. [Text appearing beneath a photo of Khamenei:] The Blood of our youth is dripping from your hooves.”
IRINN TV Anchor: “Well, dear viewers, I invite you to pay attention to the rest of our bulletin.”