MEK: Iran Gas Stations Cyberattack
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), report that on the eve of large protests against gas price hikes in November 2019, some Iranians hacked advertising billboards in some locations to commemorate the occasion. More than 1,500 individuals were killed by the authorities at the time in order to put down peaceful protests by residents.
A cyberattack against Iranian gas stations
The head of Iran’s Fuel Stationers Association, Humayun Salehi, told the ISNA news agency on Tuesday, October 26, that a cyberattack against Iranian gas stations had been initiated. The report was instantly removed from the news agency’s website without explanation.
Because of what they refer to as “disruption” to the smart fuel system, gasoline distribution at fuel stations across the country has been suspended, according to state and social media.
Meanwhile, images and videos of advertisements constructed in Tehran and other cities have been shared on social media, with the billboards asking, “Where is our gasoline, Khamenei?” in reference to nationwide protests sparked by a dramatic increase in gasoline prices in November 2019.
Digital billboards in the city have been cyber-attacked
“Photos from Isfahan show that digital billboards in the city have been cyber-attacked, and the message of ‘Free gasoline in Jamaran gas station’ and ‘Khamenei where is our gasoline?’ has been seen on them,” the ISNA news agency reported on Tuesday. However, the information was erased from ISNA’s website in a matter of minutes.
The event was also covered by the Tasnim news agency, which is linked with the Revolutionary Guards-Quds Force (IRGC). “Field surveys and public reports to the news agency indicate ‘technical problems in the fuel system,’ as well as the fact that ‘petrol stations in most parts of the country have been interrupted and disrupted in service,” Tasnim said.
“The technical problem with the fuel card system interrupted the fuelling process,” Ali Forouzandeh, a spokesman for the regime’s Oil Ministry, admitted the “disruption,” saying, “but people can use gasoline at free station rates as before.”
Cyberattack on petrol stations
Forouzandeh further claimed that as a result of the outage, the National Distribution Company had removed the smart system from the circle.
“The disruption in the provision of services at some petrol stations is due to a technical and systemic problem, which will be resolved soon,” the regime’s Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi stated in a message. There are no plans to raise the price of gasoline.”
According to Tejarat News, a cyberattack on petrol stations has been confirmed, as per the telegram channel Eslahat Press.
“The president of the Stationers Association acknowledged the nationwide cyberattack on petrol stations, stating the issue is being probed. Many petrol stations had run out of fuel since an hour ago.
The situation was caused by a cyberattack
“Salehi, head of the Fuel Stationers Association, said the situation was caused by a cyberattack on the country’s fuel delivery system. In most cases, the smart fuel system is turned off. This matter is being looked upon, and there will be a meeting.”
“Contradictory news about the possibility of free refueling in fuel stations, despite an announcement by the General Directorate of Public Relations of the Ministry of Petroleum about the disruption of the smart fuel system, which claimed that refueling was in place at supply stations across the country,” the channel continued.
“It is not possible to refuel freely at Velenjak gas station, and the station official refused to be interviewed,” the News Channel reporter claimed.
The revelation of the cyberattack
The regime’s Oil Ministry immediately stated that refueling is available at supply stations and that individuals can refuel at free gasoline prices.
“The use of fuel cards in supply stations across the country has been disrupted since a few minutes ago due to technical issues with the fuel smart card system,” the warning stated. According to information gathered by the National Iranian Oil Products Distribution Company, however, refueling in supply stations is not a problem. People can refuel for free despite the smart fuel equipment being removed from the circuit.”
The revelation of the cyberattack on the refueling system at gas stations was confirmed by Noor News, which is linked with the regime’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC). “A cyber attack disrupted the refueling system at gas stations, causing problems in the vehicle resupply process since the previous hours,” according to the website.
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