Israeli-linked hackers hit Iranian Gas Pumps in tit for tat

Dec 18, 2023 1:47 pm | Ticker, Virtual Jerusalem

Iran experienced a significant disruption in its fuel network, affecting approximately 70% of the country’s gas stations. This incident was reported by various media outlets, including Al Jazeera and The Times of Israel.

The cyberattack was claimed by a group known as Predatory Sparrow, or Gonjeshke Darande in Persian. This group, reportedly linked to Israel, stated that the attack was carried out in a controlled manner to avoid affecting emergency services. This group has previously claimed responsibility for cyberattacks against Iranian petrol stations, rail networks, and steel factories. The disruption began early on Monday, particularly impacting Tehran, where many petrol stations were forced to operate their pumps manually.

Iranian state TV reported that the cyberattack was the result of a software problem. Oil Minister Javad Owji commented that 30% of gas stations were operational, with efforts underway to resolve the disruption in services.

The cyberattack on Iran’s fuel network is seen as a response to Iranian aggression, including recent cyberattacks linked to Iran and Hezbollah against Ziv hospital in Tzfat in northern Israel. These hackers reportedly were able to retrieve sensitive information from the hospital’s information systems, although the attack was thwarted.

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