24 July 2012
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News: AC/DC

Hackers use school uniform-clad classic rockers to disrupt Iran's nuclear programme

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AS INTERNET viruses go, there are perhaps few as dastardly as one that infects computers with the propensity to start playing AC/DC at will.

So imagine the look on the faces of Iranian nuclear scientists when they discovered their computer systems had been compromised by a bug that randomly plays ‘Thunderstruck’ (a UK Top 20 hit from 1990) at maximum volume.

According to Gawker, Mikko Hypponen, lead researcher at the Finnish computer security firm F-Secure, claims to have received an alarmed email about a peculiar cyber attack.

“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 source told Hypponen.

“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.”

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