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Iran Blames ‘Foreign Country’ for Cyberattack on Gas Stations

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  • Strike on gasoline payment system exposed weaknesses
  • Officials say it’s too soon to name country behind the attack
Cars queue to fill up at a service station in Tehran on Oct. 26.

Cars queue to fill up at a service station in Tehran on Oct. 26.

Photographer: Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images

Iran said a foreign country was likely behind a cyberattack that paralyzed gas stations nationwide, exposing weaknesses in the Islamic Republic’s critical computer networks weeks ahead of the anniversary of massive protests over petrol prices.

Abolhassan Firouzabadi, the head of Iran’s Supreme Cyberspace Council, said it was too early to determine which country carried out the attack and investigations were ongoing, the semi-official Iranian Students’ News Agency reported.