Written by By Julia Von Swanson, CNN
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has confirmed reports of a cyberattack that paralyzed gas stations over the weekend.
“Everything has been cleared now … We want to tell the public that this attack is not government-on-government,” Rouhani told reporters Tuesday, according to the semi-official Mehr news agency.
“It was a domestic group targeting certain firms. We want to make clear this is a domestic issue.”
Rouhani said the attack “was intended to create disorder.”
According to the semi-official Tasnim news agency, the attack caused low pressure in at least 12 gas stations on Saturday.
The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps warned U.S. officials that Iran would “dirt nap” them in retaliation for a cyberattack targeting Iranian oil and natural gas infrastructure, according to Reuters.
The IRGC blamed the attack on Britain, France and the United States, and warned them to stay out of Iran’s internal affairs, according to the news agency.
Iran’s Telecommunications Minister Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi had denied in a statement that the government was behind the attack, saying “there have been differences of opinion between various international organizations and sections of Iranian government over the issue” of cyberattacks on Iran.
But Iran’s Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi said later in the day that the government’s “ultimate responsibility” for protecting the nation’s information and cybersecurity will be acknowledged.