TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iranian media reports say hackers have shut down the Web sites of several hundred Shiite clerics and seminary schools.
Iran's state TV says the hackers were Sunni Muslims based outside Shiite Iran, suggesting a sectarian motive, though it did not say how it knew that.
The semiofficial Fars news agency said the hackers were based in the United Arab Emirates and blocked access to 300 sites. The Emirates is home to a large Iranian community, some of whom oppose Iran's clerical rule.
Thursday's Fars report called it the most serious cyber attack of its kind in the past few years.
(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
To comment, the following rules must be followed:
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to email@example.com. Please provide detailed information.