Cyberattack disrupted operation of gas stations across Iran

Cyberattack on gas stations in Iran
Written by Emma Davis

Due to some kind of “software collapse” (which experts consider to be a cyberattack), gas stations across Iran were disrupted this week. In addition, screens at petrol terminals and billboards with gas prices stopped working.

The incident affected the network of the state-owned gas distribution company NIOPDC, which operates more than 3,500 gas stations across the country. According to local media reports, as well as numerous posts on social networks, as a result of the attack, the message “cyebrattack 64411” was displayed on the screens of NIOPDC gas stations.

Price billboards in major cities also showed the message “cyebrattack 64411” as well as the phrase “Khamenei, where’s the gas?” and “Free petrol at [name of local gas station].”

Iranian petrol stations have been targeted by a nationwide cyber-attack, with digital screens displaying the message “64411” at pumps. Some billboards have been caught on video display the messaging: “Khamenei, where is our petrol?BBC journalist Shayan Sardarizadeh writes.

It is worth noting that 64411 is a telephone number belonging to the office of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

As gas stations around Iran are out of service today, a photo is circulating showing one station with a message on a small monitor saying “cyber attack 64411.” 64411 is the phone number for the Office of Iran’s Supreme Leader.Iran International English tweeted.

This number has already been used during another hacker attack this summer, when attackers targeted the country’s railway system and offered the victims to call this number.

Although the gas stations themselves were operational after the attack, and could be used to refuel cars, NIOPDC employees halted operations when it became clear that the company could not track the filling and charge customers for fuel.

Despite a lot of evidence of what happened, published on social networks, the authorities of the country do not recognize the fact of the hack and said that it was not a cyberattack, but a “software failure.”

Local media reports that all gas stations are now operating as usual.

Let me remind you that we also wrote that Iranian low-skilled hackers are quite successful in “playing” with Dharma ransomware.

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Emma Davis

I'm writer and content manager (a short time ago completed a bachelor degree in Marketing from the Gustavus Adolphus College). For now, I have a deep drive to study cyber security.

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