About 70% of Iran’s Gas Stations Were Paralyzed Due to Possible Sabotage by Hacking Group Linked to Israel | #hacking | #cybersecurity | #infosec | #comptia | #pentest | #hacker

A suspected cyberattack knocked out service to nearly 70% of Iran’s gas stations.

Authorities blamed a “software problem” for irregularity in the gas stations, Iranian state TV reported.

People were being urged not to rush to the stations that were still operational.

The Times of Israel reported that it was due to an attack by a hacker group dubbed “Gonjeshke Darande” or predatory sparrow.

“This cyberattack comes in response to the aggression of the Islamic Republic and its proxies in the region,” the group said in a statement. It claimed it could have taken out all gas stations if it wanted to.

State TV quoted a statement by the Oil Ministry as saying more than 30% of gas stations remain in service. The country has some 33,000 gas stations.

“This cyberattack was carried out in a controlled manner to avoid potential damage to emergency services,” Predatory Sparrow said in its statement according to Iranian media.

The group is believed to be linked to the Israeli Military Intelligence Directorate, the Times of Israel reported.

In recent years, Iran has seen a series of cyberattacks on its filling stations, railway system and industries. Surveillance cameras in government buildings, including prisons, also have been hacked in the past.

In 2022, the Gonjeshke Darande group hacked a major steel company in the southwest of the country. A cyberattack on Iran’s fuel distribution system in 2021 paralyzed gas stations across the country, leading to long lines of angry motorists. The hacking group claimed responsibility for the attack on fuel pumps.

With the Associated Press


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