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Iran denies report of AC/DC song playing from computers at nuclear site

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Posted on Aug. 2, 2012 at 10:44 am

AC/DC performing in Madrid in 2009. Photo courtesy of Vacaciones Bulgaria

AC/DC performing in Madrid in 2009. Photo courtesy of Vacaciones Bulgaria

Iran denied a report that some computers at the country’s nuclear facilities were hit with a virus that shut them down and played the AC/DC song “Thunderstruck” at full blast.

The head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization chief, Fereidoun Abbasi, called the report “incorrect,” according to Bloomberg News, citing the Iranian Students News Agency. He did not elaborate on the issue.

Late last month, an Iranian nuclear scientist reportedly complained to a cybersecurity expert via e-mail that the song was playing from some of the computers. The e-mail claimed that the virus also shut down part of the network.

The cybersecurity expert, Mikko Hypponen, the chief research officer at the Finnish security firm F-Secure, could not provide further details on the attack. F-Secure confirmed, however, that the e-mails were from Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization.

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