State television says Iran has thwarted cyberattacks on public services


According to Iranian state television, authorities have foiled massive cyberattacks aimed at targeting public services, both state and private

The report late Sunday said Iran had foiled attacks aimed at the infrastructure of more than 100 public sector agencies. No concrete examples of public sector agencies, organizations or services have been worked out or given, but the incidents have been said to have happened in the last few days.

The report states that unidentified parties behind the cyber attacks used Internet protocols in the Netherlands, the UK and the United States to stage the attacks.

Iran occasionally announces cyberattacks on the Islamic Republic as world powers struggle to revive a ragged nuclear deal with Tehran.

In October, an attack on Iran’s fuel distribution system shut down gas stations across the country, leading to long lines of angry motorists stranded in long lines unable to get subsidized fuel for days. In July, a cyber attack on Iran’s railway system caused chaos and train delays.

Iran disconnected much of its government infrastructure from the internet after the Stuxnet computer virus – widely believed to be a joint US-Israeli invention – disrupted Iranian centrifuges at the country’s nuclear facilities in the late 2000s.


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