Iran: Cyberattack targets gas stations and alters billboards

World Wednesday 27/October/2021 08:57 AM
By: DW
Iran: Cyberattack targets gas stations and alters billboards
Gas stations across Iran suffered a widespread outage, stopping sales

Tehran: Gas stations across Iran were hit by a cyberattack on Tuesday, halting some fuel sales and altering billboards to messages challenging the regime's ability to distribute fuel, Iranian state television confirmed.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack that was aimed at undermining Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Altered billboards displayed messages such as "Khamenei! Where is our gasoline?"

Sayed Abdolhassan Firouzabadi, secretary of the Supreme Council for Cyberspace, said on Tuesday evening that the cyber attack had been contained after affecting some 1,400 gas stations across the country, Iranian news agency IRNA reported.

The semiofficial ISNA news agency referred to the incident as a cyberattack. ISNA initially reported that Iranians trying to purchase fuel with government-issued cards received an error message reading "cyberattack 64411."
That story was reportedly later removed without explanation.