Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
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A worker leans against a gasoline pump that has been turned off, at a gas station in Tehran, Oct. 26, 2021

Iran says cyberattack behind widespread disruption at gas stations

Disruptions reportedly included shutdown of gas stations, hacked street signs carrying messages slamming Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei; event comes ahead of anniversary of fuel price hike which led to street protests 2 years ago

Reuters |
Published: 10.26.21, 15:38
A cyberattack disrupted the sale of heavily subsidized gasoline in Iran on Tuesday, state media reported, causing long lines at gas stations across the country.
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  • "The disruption at the refueling system of gas stations... in the past few hours, was caused by a cyberattack," state broadcaster IRIB said. Adding that "technical experts are fixing the problem," and that the refueling process should return to normal soon.
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    A worker leans against a gasoline pump that has been turned off, at a gas station in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021
    A worker leans against a gasoline pump that has been turned off, at a gas station in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021
    A worker leans against a gasoline pump that has been turned off, at a gas station in Tehran, Oct. 26, 2021
    (Photo: AP)
    The disruptions came ahead of the second anniversary of a November 19 increase in fuel prices which led to widespread street protests in which hundreds were reported to have been killed by security forces.
    The oil ministry said only sales with smart cards used for cheaper rationed gasoline were disrupted and clients could still buy fuel at higher rates, the ministry's news agency SHANA reported.
    Videos posted on social media showed apparently-hacked street signs carrying messages such as "Khamenei, where is our gasoline?", in a reference to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
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    Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
    Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
    Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
    (Photo: AFP)
    In the past, Iran has been targeted by a series of cyberattacks such as one in July when the website of the transport ministry was taken down by what state media said was a "cyber disruption".
    Iran says it is on high alert for online assaults, which it has blamed in the past on the United States and Israel. The United States and other Western powers meanwhile have accused Iran of trying to disrupt and break into their networks.
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