Cyber Attack Cripples Iranian Fuel Distribution Network

The incident triggered shutdowns at pumps across the country as attackers flashed the phone number of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei across video screens.

An attack on the fuel distribution chain in Iran reportedly forced the shutdown of a network of filling stations Tuesday, leaving motorists stranded at pumps across the country and unable to fill up their tanks.

The incident disabled government-issued electronic cards providing subsidies that many Iranians use to purchase fuel at discounted prices, according to a report in The Times of Israel, which said that the Iran Supreme National Security Council confirmed the attack.

The filling stations targeted in the attack belong to the National Iranian Oil Products Distribution Company (NIOPDC), which has more than 3,500 stations across Iran and has been supplying oil products for more than 80 years, according to another report in BleepingComputer.

The incident echoed another critical-infrastructure attack that occurred in July against the Iran rail transportation system. Similarly, its attackers reportedly used the number “64411” – the phone number for the office of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

Tuesday’s attack displayed a message reading “cyberattack 64411” on gas pumps when people tried to use their subsidy

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