Iran Denies Reports of Cyber-Attack on Its Oil Facilities

The cyberspace security centre of Iran president’s office (AFTA) has in a statement rejected Western media reports that Iranian oil facilities and other vital infrastructure have been targeted by successful cyber-attacks.

Reuters had earlier claimed that a number of Iranian servers and websites – including those of some petrochemical firms – were under a cyber-attack.

Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh on Friday inspected several petrochemical plants and the 350,000-barrels per day Persian Gulf Star refinery, which helped Iran declare self-sufficiency in gasoline after the inauguration of its third phase in February.

During the visit, he discussed cyber security and production bottlenecks. “Investigating the refinery’s civil defence situation and related topics is among the goals … of the oil minister’s one-day trip to Bandar Abbas,” IRNA reported.

It was earlier reported that the country has declared condition orange in a number of its oil and petchem facilities in the south of the country.

A source said Friday nothing was threatening the facilities, and the condition orange had been declared as part of regular passive defence drills.

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