Iran oil plants hit by malware

Iran disconnects key oil facilities from internet after malware attack

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Iran oil plants hit by malware Iranian authorities said some user data had been compromised, but not essential data or production.
By  Mark Sutton Published  April 23, 2012

Iranian authorities have been forced to disconnect a number of oil plants from the internet following a malware attack, the BBC reports.

A malware attack is believed to have hit internal computer systems at the Iranian oil ministry and the National Iranian Oil Company, disabling their websites.

Authorities have disconnected the main Kharg Island oil terminal and a number of other oil facilities from the internet as a precaution.

While the Mehr new agency said that oil production has not been effected, but an oil ministry spokesman said that data on users working at the various sites had been stolen. Core data, which is held on a separate system, has not been compromised.

The attack is being investigated by a cyber crisis committee, which was established in 2010 after the Stuxnet virus attacks targeted Iran's nuclear weapons program.

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