Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi announced yesterday (Wednesday) that the cyber attack that disrupted the sale of heavily subsidized gasoline in the country was aimed at disrupting order and angering citizens, at a time when Tehran responded to the Israeli cyber attack by publishing a list of details on the life of Security Minister Benny Gantz, And personal details of hundreds of soldiers in an Israeli army brigade.
“We have to be seriously prepared in the field of cyber warfare,” Raisi said, in statements to state media. He added that the cyber attack was an “attempt to harass citizens.” The disruption of fuel services came the day before yesterday (Tuesday), ahead of the second anniversary of bloody protests in Iran due to a large increase in fuel prices in November 2019, which turned into political protests in which the demonstrators demanded the resignation of the country’s senior rulers.
And state television quoted the Iranian authorities as saying that the distribution of gasoline would return to normal within hours. Oil Minister Jawad Oji confirmed that 3,000 gas stations had resumed their activities normally out of 4,300 petrol stations in the country affected by the attack.
The Secretary of the Supreme Council of Virtual Spaces in Iran announced the control of the large-scale cyber attack. The Iranian news agency (IRNA) quoted Abul-Hassan Firouzabadi as saying that “the failure that occurred in the systems of 4,300 fuel stations in the country resulting from a large-scale cyber attack has now been brought under control, and we hope that all gas stations will return to normal work” within a day. Wednesday.
He explained that a report on this cyber attack will be announced within 7 to 10 days. He added that “it is possible that this attack was launched from the outside,” and added, “Although this cyber attack was controlled, it created many problems.”
– Israeli recognition
Israel admitted that, in the wake of the cyber attack that paralyzed the work of filling stations in Iran, it was attacked by hackers in Tehran, which included publishing personal details about the life of Defense Minister Benny Gantz, and personal details of hundreds of soldiers in one of the Israeli army brigades. Sources in Tel Aviv said yesterday (Wednesday) that the Iranian hackers are members of the group calling itself the “Moses Stick.” , including their names, ranks, training, telephone numbers, postal addresses, places of residence, and other details of their social and personal conditions. This was published on the group’s websites in the dark net, and in groups via the Telegram application.
Israeli sources said that many of the files contain details about thousands of young men and candidates to join the security services, and details related to soldiers who participated or are currently participating in a project to encourage recruitment.
The aforementioned attack on the soldiers came hours after a cyber attack attributed to Israel, and targeted fuel stations in Iran on Tuesday, and led to the disruption of fuel distribution throughout the country.
The Israeli security expert on Iranian affairs, Amir Menashe, said that despite Iran’s announcement of the restart of about 1,000 stations, the malfunction still exists, and what happened is that the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ intelligence imposed a blackout on publishing the facts, and arrested a number of journalists. Who publish reports and photos.
It is noteworthy that the Israeli security services have recently adopted a new ideology toward Iran, which puts at its core “the Iranian people, or at least the educated civil public in it,” according to the political correspondent of the newspaper, Haaretz, Jonathan Liss, yesterday (Wednesday).
The newspaper pointed out that Iran views this category as the “soft waist”, and that the aim of this category, “which is difficult to deal with harm to the quality of its life, is to put great pressure on the regime.”
The newspaper continued, “Even if Israel did not stand behind the recent cyber attack on Iran that harmed many innocent Iranian drivers throughout the day, this fits with the new doctrine of the Israeli security services.”
– System drain
An Israeli political source told the newspaper that Israel decided to exploit the “spoiled character” of “wide audiences of the Iranian people, as part of its attempts to drain the regime in Iran and dissuade it from its efforts to produce a nuclear weapon.”
The source added that Israel has observed that this target group “is not afraid to express their positions, even protest in different ways, or express their dissatisfaction with actions, when they feel a threat to their life.” Israel concluded, according to the newspaper, that this behavior could also be exploited in order to influence Iran on the nuclear issue.
This new doctrine comes in contrast to the public statements of Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, who separated in his speech at the United Nations General Assembly last September between the “corrupt regime” in Iran and the “simple Iranian people.”
On the other hand, Yossi Yehoshua, a military analyst for the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper, hinted at Israel being behind the cyber attack, saying: “It seems that those responsible for the cyber attack do not intend to be satisfied with air strikes in Syria and additional countries against Iranian targets, and mainly not to wait until The Americans are reaching understandings about nuclear weapons, while Iran is trying to deepen its control over Iraq and Syria.”
In this context, General Aharon Ze’evi Farkash, the former head of the Military Intelligence Division in the Israeli army, expected that the cyber war between Israel and Iran would escalate. In an interview with the official radio station, Kan, yesterday, he said that although there is no comparison between Israel’s capabilities and Iran’s capabilities in this war, Tehran enjoys not a few capabilities that can cause damage to Israeli military and civilian institutions. But this war remains of limited impact, and the major issue is in the military and nuclear fields.