System for Monitoring Water Reserves in Iranian Dams Reportedly Hit by Cyberattack
16:03 GMT 24.11.2021 (Updated: 16:04 GMT 24.11.2021)
© AP Photo / Vahid SalemiThis file photo, shows one of last puddles of salty water remaining in the the Gavkhouni wetlands, which was once a swamp fed by the Zayandeh Roud river, and is now surrounded by desicated salt-laced fields, outside the town of Varzaneh and its suburbs, home to 30,000 people, some 550 kilometers (340 miles), south of the capital Tehran, Iran.
© AP Photo / Vahid Salemi
Earlier this month, Iran saw protests over drought and a shortage of drinking water in Isfahan province.
The system for monitoring the assessment of water reserves in Iranian dams was hacked following a cyber attack two weeks ago, the country's state-run broadcaster IRIB reported on Wednesday, citing a source familiar with the matter.
"Over the past two weeks, the system related to the collection and assessment of information on water reserves in dams has been completely disabled," the source reportedly said.
This comes as protests over drought and an acute shortage of drinking water have been taking place in Iran's central provinces for the past two weeks. Local farmers have been blaming the authorities for the crisis, citing the government's earlier decision to divert the Zayanderud river to the neighbouring Yazd province.
The country's president Ebrahim Raisi met with representatives of Isfahan, Yazd, and Semnan provinces on 11 November and promised to resolve the water crisis.
Iran is considered to be one of the most water-stressed countries in the world.