Iran nuclear facility hit by computer worm that plays AC/DC
IRAN’S nuclear facility has been struck by a computer worm, which apart from causing general havoc, apparently plays an AC/DC song at full volume on workstations.
Finland-based antivirus company F-Secure has reported the claim in an e-mail it said had originated from an Iranian nuclear scientist on this latest attack on the country’s attempts to refine uranium-235.
Thunderstruck is the first song on the iconic Australian rock group’s 1990 album The Razors Edge and was said to be inspired by an horrific plane journey lead guitarist Angus Young experienced when it was struck by lightning.
F-Secure said it could not confirm any of the claimed details in the e-mail but it could confirm that the researcher was sending and receiving emails from within the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran.
The email reported that hackers gained access to the organizations virtual private network.
“The automation network and Siemens hardware were attacked and shut down. I only know very little about these cyber issues as I am scientist not a computer expert,” the email said.
Iran’s nuclear facility has been the target of a long-running series of viruses and worms which include Stuxnet, Duqu and Flamer-Skywiper.
Last week US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the US would use “all elements of American power” to stop Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.
“I am writing you to inform you that our nuclear program has once again been compromised and attacked by a new worm with exploits which have shut down our automation network at Natanz and another facility Fordo near Qom,” the email said.
“There was also some music playing randomly on several of the workstations during the middle of the night with the volume maxed out. I believe it was playing ‘Thunderstruck’ by AC/DC,” the email said.
what a great story..you’ve been..THUNDERSTRUCK!!
now thats a hack i can believe in 🙂