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Iran's Steel Sector Targeted by Cyberattacks as Conflicts with Israel Deepen



One of Iran's largest steel businesses, Khuzestan Steel Company, claimed Monday that it was forced to suspend production after being hit by a cyberattack that also targeted two other plants, marking one of the country's vital industrial sector's most serious ransomware attacks in recent memory.

Khuzestan Steel Company confirmed on Monday morning that it had shuttered its factory for the time being owing to technical challenges caused by a cyber intrusion. Later, a video was posted on Twitter by the hacker group Gonjeshke Darande, which has previously attacked Israeli-linked Iranian infrastructure. The video claimed to have compromised Iran’s major steel companies-Khuzestan Steel, the Moborakeh Steel Company, and the Hormozgan Steel Company.


Gonjeshke Darande said in the video that their attacks against these companies are “in response to the aggression of the Islamic Republic” and posted pictures showing the internal infrastructures of companies impacted.


The Iranian authorities refused to recognize the disturbance or assign responsibility for the attack to any one party. But its state-own steel company Khuzestan claimed that cyberattacks forced the factory to halt operations until further notice because of "technical problems." At the time of writing, the business's website was still unavailable.

Khuzestan Steel's CEO, Amin Ebrahimi, asserted that the company was able to foil the hack and avoid production disruption that would have affected supply networks and clients. He made no mention of the explosion that was captured on camera by the hacker group.


Iran has experienced an increase in the frequency of cyberattacks in recent years. An important incident that occurred last year involved a hack that halted Iran's fuel delivery infrastructure, which resulted in long lineups of irate drivers at gas stations throughout the nation. The country’s tail way network was brought to a standstill because of a similar attack.

The list goes on and on.

Security threats and ransomware attacks run wild in this increasingly internet-connected world where cyber security is a necessity for businesses and organizations of all sizes. But hackers are the element of surprise, we don’t know when, how, and where they get us. Does this mean that we could only stand by as spectators in the face of such attacks?

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To wrap up:

Cyber security is a tropical theme in all walks of life since we are in an era of instant information and digitalization. Nobody or institution could be spared from such internet threats. Only by building a systematic backup and DR plan can we avoid being the victims on the list. Act now and leave a way out.

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