The Islamic Republic recently faced a cyber-attack on the system that is used to administer the crude oil industry and oversees exports.
In response to such a serious attack, the government took the network offline completely. So far, very little is known about the extent of the attack or where it came from. Despite the attack, it has been reported that the oil industry was still operating without issue and the exports were still on schedule.
Unfortunately, this is not the first time that Iran has had one of it’s key industries faced with a cyber-breach. In 2010, the Stuxnet worm caused a period of downtime for Iran’s nuclear industry. Recent reports stated that just earlier this month, it was founded that a double agent working for another country was behind the 2010 attack.
It is known that Iran has a national firewall which blocks access to certain websites that have been considered inappropriate for Iranian citizens. Iranians rely on virtual private networks to get around the firewall.