Cyber Threat to IRAN’s oil and energy sector

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Iran’s petroleum sector is on high alert as it has received a tip-off from its intelligence agencies that adversaries of the country might launch a physical or a digital cyber attack on the critical infrastructure of the working units of the region’s energy sector.

In a statement officially pronounced yesterday by the Oil Ministry, Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said that that a possible attack might be launched by the West in retaliation to a drone attack launched on a Saudi company’s oil reserve last week- thus reducing the supply of oil to the world.

Paris, London, Riyadh, Washington, Berlin, and India have all raised their voice against Iran for the attack and collectively warned that such deeds could not only force them to imply sanctions on the nation but also take serious action if it doesn’t mend its ways in coming days.

Tehran has been denying such allegations as baseless stories and claimed that Huthi rebels of Yemen could have launched the attack to blame Iran.

On September 21st, 2019, there was a lot of speculation in the media that Washington on the executive order of US President Donald Trump launched a cyber attack on Iran’s petroleum sector disrupting the operations related to production and storage.

However, Tehran denied these allegations and said that no such attack was launched on its Oil companies.

Perhaps the government in Tehran might have got a tip-off from intelligence that such an attack was due in this month or early next and so might have set their petroleum and energy sector of high alert.

Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security