Iranian state media blames hack for apparent fuel shortage, the latest incident to draw attention

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Oct 26, 2021 | CYBERSCOOP

Iranian officials say a cyberattack has forced the temporary closure of a government system that manages fuel subsidies, rendering it difficult for many citizens to refuel their cars.

While specific details of the incident remain unclear, Iranian state broadcasters cited an unnamed government official who said malicious cyber activity was responsible for the outages. Oil Ministry officials conducted an “emergency meeting” to resolve the issue, while Associated Press journalists observed long lines of motorists dealing with gas shortages at fuel stations in Tehran.

The “semiofficial” news agency ISNA reported that fuel pumps would state the message “cyberattack 64411” upon trying to purchase gas, the Associated Press reported. The same number, 64411, also appeared in a July cyber incident that affected Iranian rail systems, a matter that the security firm Check Point attributed to Indra, a hacking group that identifies itself as an Iranian government resistance group. The 64411 number reportedly belongs to an office of Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

After the apparent breach affecting gas services, the same number accompanied a message asking Khamenei where Iranians could locate fuel supplies.

As gas stations around #Iran are out

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