As protesters take to the streets, both sides of the debate have taken to the the Internet.
Twitter and other blogs are being used to direct users to a number of sites and tools that encourage people to target government web sites.
“Democracy needs you, Twitter!” wrote a user named temp09. “Twitter, do not condemn the people of Iran to silence,” another named tinyi added. “Upgrades can wait. The people dying in Iran cannot,” pleaded a twitterer going by the name hoopiest_frood, when a Twitter network upgrade was announced in the midst of the action.
The attacks are mainly aimed at damaging infrastructure to prevent comminucations. News sites are also on the hit list.
However the Iranian government are involved with the web site hacking, Andrew Sullivan of The Atlantic Magazine, is said to be the target of denial-of-service attacks.
One programmer, Robert Synott, warns that Iran ”will simply pull the plug to protect the rest of their network”, if too much DDOS traffic hits the county’s servers.
In 2007, all Internet access was cut in Burma by the government to prevent people sharing reports, photos and videos of protests.