‘Cyber ​​disruption’ blocks Iranian ministry websites

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) – The websites of the Iranian Ministry of Transport and Urbanization were taken down on Saturday after a “cyber disruption” in the computer systems of its staff, the state-run IRNA news agency reported.

The report did not elaborate, but said the case was under investigation. This is the second anomaly in the computer systems linked to the ministry.

Iran’s rail system was the subject of a cyberattack on Friday with hackers posting bogus messages about suspected train delays or cancellations on notice boards at stations across the country. It came about after the failure of the electronic train tracking system across Iran.

Also on Saturday, the Minister of Telecommunications, Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi, warned of possible cyber attacks via ransomware. In 2018, Iran reported similar attacks.

In December of the same year, Iran’s telecommunications ministry said the country had defused a massive cyber attack on unspecified “electronic infrastructure”, but provided no details about the alleged attack.

No group has so far taken responsibility for these two incidents.

In 2019, an error in the railway company’s computer servers caused multiple delays in train services.

It was not clear whether the reported attack caused damage or disruption to Iran’s computer and internet systems.

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