Cyber Attack on Iran’s Railway System

Iran’s railway system has been hit by a cyber-attack, according to a report by a semi-official news agency, after which a state of chaos ensued.

According to a report by the foreign news agency AP, the hackers posted a message on the station board that the train was delayed or canceled due to a cyber attack.

He gave the number of Ayatollah Khamenei’s office on the board and instructed the citizens to call this number for information.

A report by Iran’s semi-official news agency said the hacking had caused “unprecedented chaos” at the railway station. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

An initial report said the incident had disrupted the electronic ticketing system of trains across Iran and that it could also be part of a cyber attack.

Later, the semi-official news agency withdrew the initial report and instead, published a statement from Railway Company spokesman Sadiq Sukri stating that there was no problem in train services due to the “disruption”.

It should be noted that in 2019, several trains were delayed due to an error in the computer service of the railway company.

In December 2019, Iran’s communications minister said a major cyber attack on the country’s electronic infrastructure had been foiled but gave no details regarding the attack.

It was not immediately clear if the cyber-attack disrupted Iran’s computer and Internet systems, or if it was a new round of US-Iranian cyber-operations against each other.

Most of Iran’s infrastructure was cut off from the Internet in 2000 after the Stuxnet computer virus.

He believes the virus was the result of a joint US-Israeli conspiracy to disrupt thousands of Iranians’ access to the country’s nuclear site.

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