Iran has faced a series of cyberattacks and the latest crippled gas stations across Iran on Tuesday, leaving motorists stranded in long lines. Only payments in cash are possible. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. The government-issued electronic cards that many Iranians use to buy subsidized fuel at the pump became useless. State television quoted an unnamed official in the country’s National Security Council acknowledging the cyberattack. The cards inserted at the gas stations receive a message reading “cyberattack 64411.” The use of the number “64411” mirrored an attack in July targeting Iran’s railroad system that also saw the number displayed. It’s supposed a link with a group of hackers that called themselves Indra, after the Hindu god of war. State TV said Oil Ministry officials were holding an “emergency meeting” to solve the problem.
“Details of the attack and its source are under investigation,” The Supreme National Security Council announced. Indra previously targeted firms in Syria. The attack came on the birthday of the late Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi who, stricken with cancer, fled the country in 1979 just before the Islamic Revolution. The country disconnected much of its government infrastructure from the internet after the Stuxnet computer virus.