The government of Iran has once again found itself scrambling to deal with a cyber attack on its industrial infrastructure.
Multiple reports cited individuals within Iran's Oil Ministry in reporting that government workers are trying to secure their systems following an unspecified attack on its systems.
Reports out of Iran suggest that a virus had infected systems, deleting data in the attack.
The attack is not believed to have disrupted shipments of any oil exports.
The incident marks the latest attempt to use a cyberattack to disrupt operations at industrial facilities in Iran.
In 2010, the infamous Stuxnet malware was spotted on systems in the country's nuclear facilities.
Stuxnet was found to be a highly sophisticated piece of software, designed to sabotage centrifuge equipment within Iran's nuclear facilities.
The infection was believed to have impacted at least five facilities within Iran.
One year later, researchers uncovered yet another industrial systems attack aimed at Iran.
Dubbed Duqu, the infection has been linked to Stuxnet and was known not only for its sophisticated design, but for its use of obscure coding structures to thwart detection an analysis.
Experts believe that these attacks were the first in an ongoing outbreak of malware and online attacks directed at government systems around the world.
McAfee Labs security director Brain Contos suggested that vulnerable and outdated systems will be targeted for larger attacks on critical infrastructure.
"Recent attacks on critical infrastructure have demonstrated vectors that work and are being copied by actors ranging from cyber criminals to hacktivists and nation-states," he said.
"Because of a lack of disclosure in these industries many incidents ranging from sabotage and intellectual property theft to extortion go unreported."
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