News ID: 317417
Published: 0349 GMT October 27, 2021

Raeisi urges readiness for cyberwar after nationwide attack on gas stations

Raeisi urges readiness for cyberwar after nationwide attack on gas stations

National Desk

President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi called for preparedness in the face of more possible cyberattacks a day after a massive one knocked out gas stations across Iran.

“All organizations must to be prepared for possible enemy attacks,” Raeisi said at the Oil Ministry in Tehran.

He said relevant bodies must immunize their systems for providing “sustainable services”.

Later, the president visited a gas station near Ferdowsi Square in central Tehran and talked with the workers and people.

Addressing a cabinet meeting earlier in the day, Raeisi said the cyberattack, which disrupted the sale of subsidized gas, was designed to make people “angry by creating disorder and disruption”.

“Some people intend to make our nation angry by creating disorder and disruption in their lives,” he said.

The president warned of enemies’ “ominous aims to create problems in people’s lives” and urged “serious readiness” in the field of cyberwar.

The attack on Tuesday rendered useless the government-issued electronic cards that many Iranians use to buy subsidized fuel at the pump.

Subsidies allow Iranian motorists to buy regular gasoline at 15,000 rials per liter, which is five cents a liter. After a monthly 60-liter quota, it costs 30,000 rials a liter, or 10 cents a liter.

Oil Minister Javad Owji said 3,000 of the 4,300 gas stations affected across the country had resumed normal activities.

Abolhassan Firouzabadi, the secretary of the Supreme Council of Cyberspace, linked the attack to Iran’s rail system assault in July.

“There is a possibility that the attack, like a previous one on the railway system, has been conducted from abroad,” Firouzabadi said.



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