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Iran's petroleum industry on 'full alert' against attacks: Oil minister

US media reports have said Washington was considering possible cyber attacks against Iran

Reuters 

Iran

Iran's oil minister told the petroleum industry on Sunday to be on alert to physical and cyber attacks, amid heightened tensions with the United States in the Gulf region.

US media reports have said Washington was considering possible cyber attacks against after the Sept. 14 attacks on Saudi Arabia's oil sites, which US officials blamed on Tehran. has denied the charge.

"All companies and facilities of the oil industry should be fully alert to physical and cyber threats as sanctions target the petroleum industry," Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said in a statement, carried by the Oil Ministry's news agency SHANA.

Reports on social media had said there was a cyber-attack on some petrochemical and other companies in on Sept. 21, although a state body in charge of cyber security denied there had been a "successful" attack.

Iran said on Wednesday it was inspecting security at key Gulf oil and gas facilities, including assessing preparedness for cyber attacks.

Iran has long been on alert for cyber threats, after the United States and Israel covertly sabotaged Iran's nuclear programme in 2009 and 2010 with the Stuxnet computer virus, which destred Iranian centrifuges that were enriching uranium.

First Published: Sun, September 29 2019. 21:47 IST
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