AC/DC Attacks Iran
A new worm apparently caused AC/DC's 'Thunderstruck' to blast from workstations at Iranian nuclear facilities.
F-Secure researcher Mikko Hypponen reports that he recently received a series of e-mails from a scientist at the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), claiming a new worm has shut down the automation networks at two nuclear facilities.
"The Iranian scientist goes on to say that they believe the attackers used Metasploit, a common hacking tool which provides a variety of ways to penetrate supposedly secure networks," writes New Scientist's Jacob Aron.
According to Hypponen, the scientist also claimed that the virus caused music to play "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."
"Heavy metal has been weaponized," writes Gawker's Adrian Chen.
"Naturally, one can understand the amusement that is inherent in lyrics such as: 'Sound of the drums / Beatin' in my heart / The thunder of guns / Tore me apart / You've been -- thunderstruck,'" writes CNET News' Chris Matyszczyk.
"It sounds like the AEOI may have been hit with an infrastructure-targeting malware attack, similar to those that have plagued the Middle East since 2010 starting with Stuxnet," writes VentureBeat's Meghan Kelly. "However, there’s no independent confirmation of this attack’s existence."
"Memo to the American cyberweapons program: We’re not saying this was you guys, but if it was, you might want to opt for a less obvious calling card in the future," writes Betabeat's Kelly Faircloth.