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Iran says its fuel system is fully operational a week after cyber attack

A worker leans against a gasoline pump that has been turned off, at a gas station in Tehran, Iran, on Tuesday, October 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
A worker leans against a gasoline pump that has been turned off, at a gas station in Tehran, Iran, on Tuesday, October 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

TEHRAN — Iran’s fuel distribution system resumed full operations today, a week after it was paralyzed by a cyber attack, authorities say.

“The country’s 4,300 service stations are once again connected to the central fuel distribution system,” the spokesperson of the Iranian National Oil Product Distribution Company, Fatemeh Kahi, says in a statement. “From now on, all the service stations will be able to supply subsidized petrol using the digital cards,” Kahi adds.

A cyber attack on October 26 brought all fuel distribution stations in the country to a halt, resulting in traffic jams and long lines at gas stations. The attack prompted sharp responses from top Iranian officials, who blamed outside actors.

On Sunday, leading Iranian general Gholamreza Jalali accused the United States and Israel of being behind the attack.

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