Iran discontinues crude exports due to sudden attack
After being hit by a cyber attack, Iran has disconnected its main crude export terminal as well as its oil ministry from the Internet to avoid being attacked or manipulated by malware.
As per a report by the semiofficial news agency, export terminals and other oil facilities were under attack by malware and hackers. Some 80 percent of Iran's daily 2.2 million barrels of crude export goes through the Kharg facility, located off its southern coast, which was also attacked.
The ministry and some provincial officers were taken offline, and a special headquarters was set up to confront the attacks. Earlier this year, head of Iran's civil defense agency Gholam Reza Jalali said the energy sector of the country has been a main target of cyber attacks over the past two years.
The report stated that all internet access at these entities was disrupted during the attack, but apparently caused no long-term damage to any of the systems it infected. This is not the first infiltration incident that Iran was forced to deal with.
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