HACKING IN THE MIDEAST: A report says the Iranian oil ministry's computer network came under attack from hackers and a computer virus, prompting Iran to disconnect its main oil export terminal from the Internet.
THE EFFECTS: Mehr, a semiofficial news agency, says the cyberattack affected some data, but the ministry had backed it up. It says oil operations were otherwise unaffected.
THE BACKDROP: The Islamic Republic says that it is involved in a long-running technological war with the United States and Israel. Iran periodically reports cyberattacks to its nuclear and industrial sectors, almost always saying that little damage was caused.