Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Cyberattack paralyzes gas stations in Iran

Iranian media reported that the country’s gas stations were targeted by a cyberattack that left many motorists stuck in long lines at closed gas stations.

The attack, reported by the semi-official news agency ISNA, targeted the government system that manages fuel subsidies.

The Associated Press reports that its journalists saw long lines at train stations in the country’s capital, Tehran.

“I waited a couple of hours for the gas stations to reopen to refuel,” said a motorcyclist who identified himself only as Farzin, according to AP. “Wherever I go, there is no fuel.”

ISNA reported that when people tried to buy fuel using government subsidy cards, they received the message “Cyberattack 64411”.

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This number was also spotted during the summer cyberattack on the country’s rail system.

Most Iranians rely on subsidy cards, which allow them to buy gas at extremely low prices compared to most of the rest of the world.

Iranian state television reported that officials were holding an emergency meeting over the apparent hack.

Several Persian-language news outlets based outside Iran reportedly showed videos filmed in the city of Isfahan showing an electronic billboard that read “Khamenei! Where is our gas? ”

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is the supreme leader of Iran.

The attack took place on the birthday of the late Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, who fled the country in 1979 in the face of the Islamic Revolution, also known as the Iranian Revolution.

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It is also approaching the anniversary of the November 2019 fuel price hike that sparked widespread protests. Hundreds of people were reportedly killed when the government cracked down on protesters.

Some of the information in this report comes from the Associated Press and Reuters.

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