Iran’s Mahan Air Struck by Cyberattack

An Iranian private airline, Mahan Air came under cyberattack, the country’s state media reported, adding that the airliner’s flight schedule was not affected by the attack.

The Hooshyarane Vatan hacker group has claimed responsibility, alleging it had obtained documents linking the airline to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

In a tweet, Hooshyarane Vatan said, “We have carried out a cyber operation targeting Mahan Air, the heart of the IRGCs smuggling operation. We will continue to expose the corruption of the regime.”

“Cyberattacks on the airline were nothing new and it had already successfully controlled these attacks several times,” Director General of Mahan Air Public Relations Amirhossein Zol-Anvari was quoted as saying by farsnews.

The company admitted that it had been the victim of an attack. All the ongoing and future flights would be operated as scheduled and any changes would be announced in advance, Zol-Anvari added.

At least 412 million cyberattacks against Iran have been foiled in 2020, according to the country’s Computer Emergency Response Coordination Center.

“Some 37 million malware attacks from inside and 375 million ones from outside were failed by the center,” it said.

The Mahan Airline has been under the US sanction list since 2011. It has been accused of providing financial, material, or technological support for or to the IRGC-QF.

A 2019 US Treasury statement said that: “Mahan Air has transported IRGC-QF operatives, weapons, equipment, and funds abroad in support of the IRGC-QF’s regional operations, and has also moved weapons and personnel for Hezbollah.”

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