July 25, 2012
Virus gives Iran’s nuclear facilities a blast of AC/DC
A virus reportedly caused a heavy metal song to play from computers at two of Iran’s nuclear facilities.
According to the Times of Israel, computers at the Nantaz and Fordo facilities blasted the AC/DC song “Thunderstruck” at full volume in the middle of the night last weekend. An Iranian nuclear scientist reportedly complained to a cybersecurity expert via email that the song was playing from the computers. The virus also reportedly shut down part of the network.
The cybersecurity expert, Mikko Hypponen, the chief research officer at the Finnish security firm F-Secure, could not confirm the reports.
On Wednesday, the head of Iran’s Information Technology and Communications Organization, Ali Hakim Javadi, called for international condemnation of cyberattacks, the Times of Israel reported.