Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has said a cyberattack targeted every gas station in the country in an attempt to spark anger and create “disorder and disruption,” but he failed to say who the government believes was behind it.
The comments, which were broadcast on Iranian state television, saw the country’s president announce that a cyberattack had crippled every gas station in the republic, making the government-issued cards used by citizens to buy fuel useless.
“There should be serious readiness in the field of cyberwar, and related bodies should not allow the enemy to follow their ominous aims to make problem in the trend of people’s life,”Raisi said that the attack was aimed at making “people angry by creating disorder and disruption.”
Raisi, who announced the cyberattack that hit the Islamic Republic in a massive scale, did not name any nation or group responsible for it. He did however indicate that anti Iranian forces attempted to intensify tensions. Though hackers claim to have been behind the attack at the stations on Tuesday night, there is no evidence they did so.
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Gas stations close across Iran after ‘cyberattack’ reportedly disrupts country’s smart fuel system
A message was displayed on digital systems that are used to purchase fuel. “cyberattack 64411,” according to reports, bearing similarities to another incident which hit the country’s rail system back in July. Check Point in Israel claimed the attack on July was committed by Indra hackers.
Iran has been subjected to multiple cyberattacks in recent times, with an August incident exposing a video that reportedly showed abusive behavior at the country’s Evin prison. A second attack that saw Stuxnet infect computers forced the government’s infrastructure to be disconnected from the internet to stop the spread of the cyberattack.
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