Iranian oil terminal 'offline' after 'malware attack'
Posted in: Legal, Privacy & Security at 24/04/2012 20:51
Iran has been forced to disconnect key oil facilities after suffering a malware attack on Sunday, say reports.
The computer virus is believed to have hit the internal computer systems at Iran's oil ministry and its national oil company.
Equipment on the Kharg island and at other Iranian oil plants has been disconnected from the net as a precaution.
Iranian oil ministry hit by cyber-attack
Iran's oil ministry has called a crisis meeting after its main website and internal communications system were hit by an apparent cyber-attack that forced authorities to cut off the country's oil export terminal from the internet.
Local news agencies reported on Monday that a virus had struck the computer and communication systems of Iran's main oil export facilities on Kharg Island as well as the internal network and the websites of its oil ministry and subsidiary organisations.
Cyber-Attack Targets Iran Oil, But Exports Normal-Officials
Iranian authorities are investigating alleged cyber-attacks against Iran's oil ministry and possibly against the key export hub, though oil shipments haven't been affected, Iranian oil officials said Monday.
The computer attack--reminiscent of a virus that allegedly targeted Tehran's nuclear program in 2010--highlights potential new vulnerabilities for the Islamic Republic's oil exports, which international sanctions have already impeded.