Iranian Steel Plant Reportedly Hit by Suspected Cyberattack

A group of hackers claim to have hit three steel plants with connections to Iran's Revolutionary Guards, according to state-affiliated media

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A suspected cyberattack against one of the largest steel plants in Iran was reported by a state-linked news agency on Monday.

The YJC news agency quoted a report released by the Kouzestan steel plant that the facility's operations are currently suspended until further notice. The extent of the damage has not been reported.

No official response by the Iranian government has been released at this time and no accusations have been made. However, a message on social media has been circulated by a group of hackers claiming to have attacked three steel mills "identified with the Revolutionary Guards."

According to the U.S. Treasury Department, the plant is subject to U.S. sanctions.

A video that was distributed shows an explosion that allegedly took place at the Kouzestan factory, though the reliability of the video cannot be verified at this time.

Last week, sirens sounded in parts of Jerusalem and Eilat due to a cyberattack on local public address systems, according to Israel's Home Front Command. It is being investigated as a possible Iranian attack.

Two weeks ago, Israeli cybersecurity company Check Point Software Technologies announced that Iranian hackers managed to take control of email accounts of senior Israeli figures and impersonated them.



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