Iran faced its own escape cyberattacks this weekend. Reuters i The Guardian they report that Iran’s train system and transportation websites suffered a “cyber disruption” (according to state media) over the weekend. The portal’s website failed, although it is not clear how badly it affected the train system. Officials claimed that the fake messages only compromised the train displays, but the Fars news agency claimed that there was “unprecedented chaos” that included cancellations and delays.
Train locations and systems have returned to normal as of Monday morning.
It is not certain who is behind the attack, although Telecommunications Minister Mohammad Javad Azari-Jahromi has warned people of the threat of ransomware if they do not address security vulnerabilities. Iran has historically blamed the U.S. and Israel for some cyber attacks, although ransomware is more often the work of criminal organizations.
The US and other countries usually have pinned cyber attacks on Iran, and both sides engaged in relatively quiet digital warfare. However, it is not clear what the cause is here – this could be ‘ordinary’ hackers exploiting vulnerabilities in Iran’s infrastructure, whether to make money or create havoc.
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