Iranian Civil Defense Chief Blames US, Israel for Recent Cyberattack on Fuel Delivery System
TEHRAN (FNA)- Head of Iran's Civil Defense Organization Brigadier General Gholamreza Jalali said that the US and the Israeli regime are behind the recent cyberattack that disrupted fuel delivery at the country's gas stations.
"From our point of view, this attack has definitely been carried out by the Americans and the Zionists," General Jalali said on Saturday.
The attack targeted "the middleware" in the fuel delivery systems, he said, describing the type of attack as very complicated and difficult to fend off.
"If the attack had taken place in the hardware layer, there would have been a need for infiltration", meaning either the company that has manufactured the software would have been responsible or a disrupting piece of equipment would have to be installed to make the attack possible, the official noted.
The brief outage was caused last Tuesday by a cyberattack.
Three hours following the attack, 30 percent of the gas stationed resumed their offline services, while 12 hours after the attack, 60 percent returned to the normal status, General Jalali said.
"Continued operation of the [country's] infrastructures is the Passive Defense Organization's redline because it affects the people's lives," he noted, adding, "Serious infrastructural cyber warfare has started. We should take it seriously and rectify our areas of weakness."
Last year, as many as 1,400 drills were held to reinforce the country's cyber defense prowess, he noted, adding that so far this year 66 such maneuvers have gone underway.
Iranian Oil Ministry authorities said on Saturday that a system used to supply rationed fuel to motorists in the country has been restored at more than half of gas stations days after the system came under a cyberattack.
The National Iranian Oil Refining and Distribution Company (NIORDC) said that rationed fuel had been made available at 2,000 out of 3,800 gas stations across Iran where fuel delivery is controlled by an online distribution system.
NIORDC’s chief Jalil Salari said that nearly 195 forecourts in the capital Tehran had also been connected to the system, adding that more than 160 others will come online within the next few days.