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Iran Says Thwarts Cyberattack Targeting Internet Providers

Iran Says Thwarts Cyberattack Targeting Internet Providers

Sunday, 9 February, 2020 - 05:45
Iran says it has foiled a cyberattack that disrupted the internet services of some mobile and fixed operators for about an hour. (AFP)
Asharq Al-Awsat

Iran repelled a cyberattack on Saturday that disrupted the country's internet services for an hour, a telecommunications ministry official said.


"At 11:44 (0814 GMT) a distributed denial-of-service attack disrupted the internet services of some mobile and fixed operators for an hour," tweeted Sajad Bonabi.


A DDoS attack involves overwhelming a target's servers by making a massive number of junk requests.


"Connections have returned to normal following the intervention of Dejfa shield," Bonabi added, referring to Iran's so-called digital fortress against cyberattacks.


He did not elaborate on the source of the attack.


Bonabi is a board member at the ministry's Telecommunications Infrastructure Company, the sole provider of the country's telecommunications infrastructure.


Internet monitor NetBlocks confirmed Saturday's outage and said it was "consistent with a targeted disruption and no technical faults are evident at the present time".


Iran said in December it had thwarted a "highly organized cyberattack" targeting its e-government infrastructure.


Telecommunication Minister Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi described the attack as "really massive" and "state-sponsored".


In late September, the country's energy sector was put "on full alert" to the threat of "physical and cyber" attacks a few days after Iran denied media reports its oil installations had been disrupted by a cyberattack.


Iranian authorities imposed a near-total internet blackout in mid-November when street violence broke out during demonstrations against a surprise decision to hike petrol prices.


The outage stemmed the flow of videos shared on social media of demonstrations or associated acts of violence.


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