Middle East

Iran blames foreign interference for petrol stations interference

22:25, 27 October 2021
Iran blames foreign interference for petrol stations interference Photo: REUTERS

Iran blamed an unnamed foreign country for the cyber attack which disrupted Iran’s petrol distribution.

Predatory Sparrow claimed responsibility for the attack however Iran insisted that the real actor who performed the attack was a state.

The Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi said that the aim of the attack was to spark “public anger.”

"Some are aiming to stoke public anger by creating chaos and disrupting people's lives," he said in a statement.

The attack resulted in motorists not being able to buy subsidised fuel by using special cards issued by the government. 

Along with that the billboards in Iranian capital Tehran were also hacked as they displayed a message saying “Khamenei, where is our fuel?”

Access to subsidised fuel is of very high importance to many Iranians as their country is currently going through an economical crisis due to foreign sanctions.

The hack comes close to the second anniversary of the moment the Iranian government raised fuel prices by as much as 50%.