Hackers attacked the train network in Iran, posting the supreme leader’s phone number as a help hotline

Hackers attacked the train network in Iran, posting the supreme leader’s phone number as a help hotline

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2021-07-12 07:40:45

On June 9, train services in Iran were delayed due to cyber attacks and the supreme leader’s phone number was posted by hackers as a helpline number.

The IRIB reported that trains were delayed or cancelled, the national railway’s website and freight services were disrupted, with “unprecedented chaos at stations across the country”.

A notice on electronic boards at stations asks passengers to call a phone number. In fact, that number belongs to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s office.

“Prolonged delays due to cyberattacks,” said another notice on the station’s board.

IRIB quoted a spokesman for Iran’s railway company as saying that technicians were checking for disruptions and denied a lengthy delay.

Attacks on transport networks and transport hubs are frequent, but not always as bad as is the case in Iran.

In the US, ransomware attacks regularly target transportation agencies. Last month, someone hacked into the US MTA network. Fortunately, the attack did not affect the operation of any related agencies.

On the other hand, Iran is always attacked and affected by traffic hacks. The tense relationship between Iran and Israel has led to many attacks on transportation hubs, which have had a devastating effect, including an attack on an Iranian port in the spring of 2020.

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