26 Jul 2012 02:17 PM EST
-by Drew Kolar, Editor-in-Chief; Image: Brian Johnson and Angus Young of rock band AC/DC (Image Source: Epoch Times)
An Iranian nuclear facility may have contracted the most awesomely metal computer virus ever...
According to the blog of Mikko Hypponen, a computer virus expert and head security researcher with Finnish group F-Secure, a nuclear scientist in Iran has contacted him regarding a computer virus that has been playing metal group AC/DC’s track “Thunderstruck” at full volume in the middle of the night on the facility’s computers.
“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,” one email from the Iranian scientist read. “According to the email our cyber experts sent to our teams, they believe a hacker tool Metasploit was used. The hackers had access to our VPN. 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.”
Metasploit, explains Gawker, is “an open-source project used to find vulnerabilities in software.” It is also on the affordable end of malware, costing around $3,000 to develop.
“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 added.
Hypponen verified the email and concluded that it was sent from Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization. He also explained to Wired that he had received similar emails in the past, making this claim seem legitimate.
While the attack is proof that the Iranian team is facing computer security problems, we can’t help but imagine just how ridiculous yet awesome it would feel to be “thunderstruck” by AC/DC in the middle of the night at work. The best we can do now, however, is to watch the video below and rock out at full volume: