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“There is a possibility that the attack, like a previous one on railway system, has been conducted from abroad.”

Iranian official, Abolhassan Firouzabadi, on a nationwide cyberattack that disrupted gas stations.

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oct 27, 2021

  • Iranians buy gas at subsidized prices, using a government-issued card to do so. On Tuesday, the card was useless - giving an error code "cyberattack 64411.”
  • Firouzabadi, the secretary of the Supreme Council of Cyberspace, said the impact of this attack hit ALL the nation's 4300 gas stations.
  • A separate report by a former official says the gas station infrastructure network is "exclusive" and not linked to the internet, raising questions about a domestic attack.
  • Iran is a designated state sponsor of terrorism by the U.S. State Dept. for its role in funding and supporting terrorist groups.
  • Iran's president said this attack is meant to ignite discord.
  • Why It Matters: Regardless of whom or how or why this cyberattack happened, Iran is under immense pressure due to the COVID-19 pandemic and economic sanctions (in an effort to deter the country from pursuing nuclear weapons). This cyberattack adds to a list of challenges confronting the nation and its leadership.

Iran's president says cyberattack was meant to create 'disorder' at gas pumps

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