Israel and the United States are behind the cyber attack that halted fuel distribution in Iran. The head of Iranian cyber security, Gholam Reza Jalali, told a number of media outlets.
“Investigations are still ongoing, but according to our results, the Americans and the Zionists (Israeli editors) are definitely behind this,” Jalali said.
As a result of the cyber attack, customers were unable to refuel a support ticket on Tuesday. In a country where gasoline flows freely, motorists receive an e-card from the government that they can fill with subsidized and therefore cheap gasoline up to a certain amount. Above that quota, the “free” and more expensive rate applies. Without this card, fuel is expensive.
The outage caused long queues at gas stations in the capital, Tehran, and other cities. Iran initially spoke of a “technical glitch”, but confirmed that it was a cyberattack.
Both Israel and the United States have carried out cyber attacks on Iran in the past, sometimes causing major financial problems.
Although Iran points the finger at Israel and the United States, an Iranian hacker group has claimed responsibility for the attack on gas stations. The group said the measure was linked to the 2019 turmoil over high gasoline prices and a protest against the killing and imprisonment of hundreds of protesters. In recent months, the group has also claimed to have carried out attacks on the national railway network and even on surveillance cameras at the notorious Evin Prison.
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