Iranian Oil Industry Hit By Cyber Attack
Iran has been targeted in cyber attacks in the past. (Arabian Business)
The Iranian regime was reportedly under cyber attack today.
Iran is investigating a suspected cyber attack on its main oil export terminal and on the Oil Ministry itself, Iranian industry sources said on Monday.
A virus was detected inside the control systems of Kharg Island – which handles the vast majority of Iran’s crude oil exports – but the terminal remained operational, a source at the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) said.
The virus, which is likely to draw comparisons with the Stuxnet computer worm which reportedly affected Iranian nuclear facilities in 2009-10, struck late on Sunday.
It hit the internet and communications systems of Iran’s Oil Ministry and of its national oil company, the semi-official Mehr news agency reported. Computer systems controlling a number of Iran’s other oil facilities have been disconnected from the Internet as a precaution, the agency added.
Hamdullah Mohammadnejad, the head of civil defence at the oil ministry, was reported as saying Iranian authorities had set up a crisis unit and were working out how to neutralise the attacks.