Iranian Airline Hit By Cyberattack
November 22, 2021
Iran's private Mahan Air airline was disrupted by a cyberattack
on November 21, Iranian state media reported.
Mahan Air customers around the country reported receiving text
messages from a group calling itself Hoosyarane-Vatan (Observants
of the Fatherland), which claimed responsibility for the attack
because of the airline's purported ties to the paramilitary
Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).
The airline said none of its flights were affected, although the
company's website was down.
United States Treasury Department in 2011 sanctioned Mahan Air
for allegedly "providing financial, material, and technological
support for the [IRGC's] elite Quds Force." The department also
accused Mahan Air of transporting weapons, goods, and personnel
to Lebanon's Hezbollah group.
The Mahan Air cyberattack was the latest in a string of
cyberattacks in Iran, including one in October that target gas
stations nationwide. President Ebrahim Raisi blamed that attack
on unspecified anti-Iranian forces seeking to destabilize the
An earlier cyberattack caused the delay or cancellation of
scores of trains throughout Iran.
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