Cyberattack on Iranian Petrol Pumps Linked to Alleged Israeli Affiliation
Cyberattack on Iranian Petrol Pumps Linked to Alleged Israeli Affiliation

A hacking collective believed to have ties with Israel, known as 'Gonjeshke Darande' or 'Predatory Sparrow,' has claimed responsibility for a cyberattack that disrupted operations at petrol stations throughout Iran. The group cited Iran's support for regional proxies targeting Tel Aviv, specifically mentioning the October 7 attack by Hamas, as the reason for their actions.

The hacking group issued statements in both Persian and English, explicitly naming Ayatollah Khamenei and cautioning Iran's leadership about impending consequences. Through a post on a platform formerly known as Twitter, the group proclaimed, "We, the 'Predatory Sparrow' group, have once again targeted the national fuel supply system of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Khamenei! As we've warned previously, we will respond to your provocative actions in the region."

While Iranian state media acknowledged the halt in operations at multiple gas stations in Tehran, the exact cause of the disruption remained unclear. This cyberattack follows previous instances where 'Gonjeshke Darande' targeted significant steel companies in Iran. Israeli military correspondents, known for their access to unofficial briefings from high-ranking officials, had previously hinted at Israel's involvement in a cyberattack on Iran's steel industry, as reported in The Times of Israel. Tensions in the region have been mounting, with Iran-backed groups like Hezbollah in Lebanon and the Houthis in Yemen escalating attacks against Israel. This latest cyberattack adds to the existing concerns amid the ongoing conflict involving Hamas.

Reportedly, an alleged Mossad agent was executed in Zahedan prison, Iran. The agent was accused of collaborating with foreign intelligence and disclosing classified information. The identity of the executed agent remains undisclosed. Continuous allegations of espionage persist between Iran and Israel, with both countries accusing each other of engaging in covert conflicts. Israel views Iran as its primary threat and expresses worries regarding Iran's nuclear ambitions. Iran, however, denies pursuing nuclear weapons and vows a robust response to what it perceives as aggression. Notably, Iran has a history of detaining individuals accused of spying for the US and Israel.

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