Iran petrol stations hit by cyberattacks

Iran petrol stations hit by cyberattacks

Javad Owji on Monday confirmed that a nationwide disruption to Iran’s petrol stations was caused by a cyberattack.

The hacking group attacked petrol stations across the country, citing political situations in Israel as the driving motivator behind the attack.

“This cyberattack was carried out in a controlled manner to avoid potential damage to emergency services,” the group said in a statement on Telegram.

Owji had earlier told Iranian state TV that services had been disrupted at about 70% of Iran’s petrol stations and that outside interference was a possible cause. He later said 1,650 petrol stations were operational. The ministry supervises 3,800 petrol stations.

A cyberattack in Iran in 2021 also disrupted the sale of fuel in stations around the country where pump prices are heavily subsidised.

Many petrol stations were forced to shut down, promising to return after the attacks.

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