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Israel stands behind a cyber attack on Iranian port

WASHINGTON, (BM) – The American publication The Washington Post reports that Israel stands behind a cyber attack on the Iranian port of Shahid Rajay, located near Bandar Abbas, at the entrance to the Strait of Hormuz, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

Read more: An Iranian port hit by cyberattack from a state hostile to Iran

On May 9, the cargo flow in the port of Shahid Rajay suddenly stopped: all the computers serving this port stopped working normally.

A day later, the head of the Iranian Port Authority, Mohammad Rastad, said that in recent days a hacker attack had been launched against the port of Shahid Rajay. “The cyberattack was not able to break through the protection of the Port Authority computer system, but it damaged the systems of private companies operating in the port. We pay significant attention to the issues of multilayer computer security, we will constantly improve it,” he said.

Rastad said that the attack could not interfere with the normal operation of the port and emphasized that it would not affect shipping in the Strait of Hormuz. He also made it clear that behind the hackers is a state hostile to Iran.

According to sources in The Washington Post, the Israeli cyberattack was a response to the Iranian cyberattack in Israel’s water supply system in April 2020. At the same time, a foreign expert said that the Israeli attack was “very accurate” and the damage to the Iranian port was more serious than stated in official reports of the Iranian Port Authority.

The Washington Post published satellite images showing that on May 9-12 long traffic jams formed at the entrances to the port of Shahid Rajai, which, as a rule, did not happen in the past.

The Israeli government has not claimed responsibility for a cyber attack against the Iranian port.

Read more: U.S. Cyber Attacks Against Iranian Missile Systems Have Not Been Successful, Iran said

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