Iran Says Cyberattack Caused Disruptions at Gas Stations

A worker leans against a gasoline pump that has been turned off, at a gas station in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

An apparent cyberattack caused major disruptions at gas stations across Iran on Tuesday, just weeks before the second anniversary of deadly protests over fuel price hikes.

Motorists were forced to wait in long lines as those looking to use government-issued cards, which many in Iran rely on to buy subsidized fuel, were blocked from doing so.

Instead, they were met with cryptic messages on gas machines that read: “Cyberattack 64411,” the semiofficial news agency ISNA reported.

The digits, 64411 also appear to be the number for a phone line connected to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s office.

Speaking with state broadcaster IRIB, Abolhassan Firoozabadi, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme Council of Cyberspace, said he believed the incident was caused by a cyberattack from a foreign country.

However, he said it was too soon to say which country carried out the attack.

So far, no country or group has claimed responsibility for a cyberattack.

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SOURCE: NBC News, Chantal Da Silva and Kevin Collier; Reuters