Iran denies that its oil facilities have been subjected to cyber attack

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Iran on Saturday denied information that its oil facilities were the target of a successful cyber attack, after reported communication disruptions on its Internet platforms.

“Contrary to what Western media say, investigations today have revealed that there has been no successful cyber attack against oil installations or important infrastructure,” the government cyber security office said, without specifying what information it refers to.

“Data has shown intermittent Internet disruptions in Iran,” the digital rights group Net Blox said in a tweet on Saturday.

But the group stressed that the cause of the unrest is unknown, and that its impact is limited, affecting only some “industrial or government Internet platforms” and some Internet providers.

“The data correspond to a cyberattack or an unexpected technical incident in networks that have been troubled, rather than to a deliberate Internet shutdown or shutdown,” the same source said.

Iranian Minister of Communications Mohammad Javad Azhari Jahrami acknowledged that Iran faces “cyber terrorism, like Stokesnet.”

StokesNet is a virus discovered in 2010 believed to be designed by Israel and the United States to harm Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Iran then accused the United States and Israel of using the virus to target its centrifuges used to enrich uranium.

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