State TV says Iran thwarted cyberattacks on utilities

Iranian state television said authorities thwarted massive cyberattacks that targeted public services, both government and private.

The report released on Sunday evening said Iran foiled attacks that targeted the infrastructure of more than 100 public sector agencies. He did not elaborate or cite specific examples of public sector agencies, organizations or services, but said the incidents occurred in recent days.

The report says unidentified parties behind the cyberattacks used internet protocols in the Netherlands, Britain and the United States to stage the attacks.

Iran occasionally announces cyberattacks targeting the Islamic Republic as world powers struggle to revive a tattered nuclear deal with Tehran.

In October, an assault on Iran’s fuel distribution system crippled gas stations across the country, resulting in long lines of angry motorists stuck in long queues and unable to obtain subsidized fuel for days. In July, a cyberattack on Iran’s rail system caused chaos and train delays.

Iran disconnected much of its government infrastructure from the internet after the Stuxnet computer virus – widely believed to be a joint US-Israeli creation – disrupted Iranian centrifuges at the country’s nuclear sites in the late 2000s.