All Iranian gas stations fell victim to hacking attacks on Tuesday, which completely crippled their operation. President Ebrahim Raisi said Wednesday the hackers were trying to cause “disorder and disruption” in the country. According to the state news agency IRNA, 80 percent of Iranian gas stations resumed their normal operation on Wednesday.
More than 4,000 gas stations in Iran have been paralyzed. The ISNA news agency was the first to say that the cause was a “cyberattack”. According to her, people who wanted to buy gas using a special card could not make the transaction and received a message saying “cyber attack 64411”.
The number, the Associated Press noted, is linked to a telephone exchange run by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s office answering questions about Islamic law.
Iranian President about a cyberattack that stopped the work of gas stations
ISNA later removed its reports on the case, explaining that its systems had also been hacked. “Some want to upset our people by sowing disorder and disruption to our lives,” Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said Wednesday, without giving more details or indicating who might be behind the attack.
The Associated Press said government suggestions suspected “anti-Iranian forces” intending to bring chaos to the country ahead of the second anniversary of the brutal suppression of nationwide gasoline protests. – We should be seriously prepared for cyberwar, and the authorities related to it should not allow the enemy to pursue their sinister goals – Raisi emphasized.
Iran is a frequent victim of cyber attacks
According to the state news agency IRNA, 80 percent of Iranian gas stations resumed their normal operation on Wednesday. According to the Associated Press, there were long lines of cars in Tehran, the capital of the country, for gasoline. As many as 90 cars were spotted in front of one station.
Abolhassan Firuzabadi, Iran’s Supreme Cyberspace Secretary, linked the attack to July’s hacker-induced paralysis of the Iranian railway system.
Iran is a frequent victim of cyber attacks – in one of them in August, a video was released showing the abuse by guards at Evin Prison. The country’s authorities disconnected much of their government infrastructure from the internet after the Stuxnet virus – believed to be a product of US and Israeli hackers – disrupted the operation of centrifuges at Iranian nuclear power plants in 2010.
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