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Iran Gas Stations Hit in Cyberattack on Subsidized Petrol

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  • Millions left without fuel after software fault hits payments
  • Attack comes near to anniversary of widespread fuel protests

Iran blamed a cyberattack for nationwide disruption at petrol stations that halted subsidized fuel access for millions of drivers, weeks away from the anniversary of deadly protests over gasoline prices. 

The target was software controlling a “smart payment system” which the government uses to manage the distribution of discounted gasoline at petrol pumps, Abolhassan Firouzabadi, head of Iran’s National Cyberspace Center told Iranian state TV in an interview, adding that an investigation was underway to trace the source of the attack.