Iran’s civil defense chief has accused the US and Israel of paralyzing the work of the country’s gas stations this week. He said “internal factors” may have also been involved in the cyberattack.
The head of Iran’s Civil Defense Organization, Brigadier General Gholamreza Jalali, compared the recent cyber intrusion to last year’s attack on the Shahid Rajaee terminal near the southern port city of Bandar Abbas on the coast of the Strait of Hormuz, and the hack that disrupted the country’s rail service in July.
“This attack is similar to cyberattacks on the railways and Shahid Rajaee, and we think it was definitely carried out by the Americans and the Zionists,”IRNA quotes Jalali saying this, in reference to the Israeli government.
Reuters reported that Jalali said on Iranian state TV, “While he was…” “still unable to say forensically,”He was convinced “analytically”This attack was committed by Israel and the US. According to the general, “internal factors”Security services are investigating to see if other people were involved.
Since the start of this year, Iran has been subject to a series of cyberattacks and fires that have targeted critical infrastructure. This is despite tensions between Washington and Tel Aviv. Iranian officials frequently accuse Israel, the US, and Israel of committing subversive acts on Iranian soil. These claims are either denied or not commented upon by Israeli and American officials.
Ebrahim Rashi, Iran’s President confirmed that the cyberattack caused disruption to the operation of thousands upon thousands of fuel stations throughout the country. Many motorists use smart cards to pay for fuel, which were issued by the government after the intrusion.
Raisi stated that hackers desired to create “people angry by creating disorder and disruption.”Jalali informed IRNA that 60% of stations had resumed work within 12 hours following the hack.
Israeli media reported this week that the Black Shadow hacker group had broken into the servers of an Israeli internet hosting company, Cyberserve, bringing down a number of websites, including a data storage company, a transpomassnews.company, and an LGBT dating service. Reports indicate that the hacker group, known for targeting Israeli businesses in the past has connections to Iran.
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