| 20 May 2024, Monday |

Gasoline distribution returning to normal after cyberattack – state media

A day after a cyberattack which affected 4,300 gas stations across the country, Iran’s state news agency IRNA reported on Wednesday that gasoline distribution is returning to normal
The details of the attack and its source are under investigation, Abul-Hassan Firouzabadi, the Secretary of the Supreme Council to Regulate Virtual Space, told the news agency.
Earlier, long queues at gas stations were all over Iran today, as a cyberattack disrupted the sale of heavily subsidised gasoline, state media reported.
“The disruption at the refueling system of gas stations… in the past few hours, was caused by a cyberattack,” state broadcaster IRIB said. “Technical experts are fixing the problem and soon the refueling process…will return to normal.”
The disruptions came ahead of the second anniversary of a November 19 increase in fuel prices which led to widespread street protests in which hundreds were reported to have been killed by security forces.
The oil ministry said only sales with smart cards used for cheaper rationed gasoline were disrupted and clients could still buy fuel at higher rates, the ministry’s news agency SHANA reported.
Videos posted on social media showed apparently-hacked street signs carrying messages such as “Khamenei, where is our gasoline?,” in a reference to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.