Iran confirms the resumption of gas station operations after being suspended due to an alleged cyber attack

The Iranian authorities announced on Wednesday the restoration of fuel distribution at gas stations in the country, one day after the service was shut down following an alleged cyberattack.

The secretary of the Supreme Council for the Regulation of Virtual Space in Iran, Abulhasán Firuzabadi, said that the problem had been solved by “technical experts” and stressed that the situation would “soon” normalize.

It has also been reiterated that the business interruption was caused by a cyber attack without Tehran directly accusing anyone of the incident, Iranian news agency IRNA reported.

Iran confirms the resumption of gas station operations after being suspended due to an alleged cyber attack
Iran confirms the resumption of gas station operations after being suspended due to an alleged cyber attack

Firuzabadi stressed that the incident was being investigated by the authorities and detailed that the country’s 4,300 gas stations and gas stations were affected by the incident.

For his part, the President of the Iranian Parliament’s Energy Commission, Fereidún Hasanvand, condemned an “operation” against gas stations late Tuesday, despite saying the authorities were working to restore operations.

The problem, which affected the system that allows paying with subsidies at gas stations, began on Tuesday around 11 a.m. (local time), a spokesman for the gas station operator Amin Rezanavaz said.

The verdict concerned the cards used by millions of drivers, which make it possible to get discounted fuel, so that for a while only the more expensive manual payment worked, the Bloomberg news agency reported.

The evidence suggests a cyber attack against the program, according to officials, suggesting the coincidence between this incident and the upcoming second anniversary of the protests in November 2019, when thousands of Iranians took to the streets at the exact same time as the protest against rising fuel prices.

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