An Internet security researcher at the University of Pennsylvania believes Iran is creating a private Internet widely accessible from within the country but hidden from other countries, according to MIT’s Technology Review.
Collin Anderson said a certain block of Internet Protocol addresses are reserved solely for private networks and he believes the country is using this technique to create a nationwide network, the MIT website reports.
Anderson reported being able to connect with 46,000 users inside Iran out of a possible 17 million IP addresses and identifying several hosts, saying he received help from inside the country.
Some of those hosts include the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry Of Education and the National Internet Development Agency of Iran, according to Technology Review.
The report says Anderson collected his data between August and early September and was able to map the size of the network, but not the amount of data traveling across the network.
In April, the Iranian government issued a request for information seeking technology to monitor Web content in the country.