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‘Enemy’s goal’ thwarted, Iran general tweets in Hebrew days after cyberattack

Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, Ali Shamkhani, speaks with NBC News in 2019 (video screenshot)
Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, Ali Shamkhani, speaks with NBC News in 2019 (video screenshot)

Days after Iran blamed a cyberattack that crippled gas stations across the country on a foreign country, an Iranian official tweets in Hebrew that the assault failed in its main aim of fomenting unrest through gas shortages.

“Although the defenses of the passive frontline were inactivated by a cyber attack, the rear guard thwarted enemy’s goal of rioting in Iran through coordinated and timely action by the executive, security and communication agencies,” tweets Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran, also writing in Hebrew, Arabic and Persian.

“Intelligent management in October 2021 reveals the recklessness of October 2019,” he says, presumably referring to the deadly fuel riots that took place at the end of 2019 in Iran.

Iran has in the past blamed Israel of fermenting unrest. Most recently in July, Iran claimed to have arrested a Mossad cell that planned to provoke violence during protests over water shortages in the country.

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