Report: hackers targeting Iranian nuclear facilities "AC/DC-rolled" workstations after attack

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29 Responses to “Report: hackers targeting Iranian nuclear facilities "AC/DC-rolled" workstations after attack”

  1. mccrum says:

    If its true, I expect to see RIAA looking into this as diligently as they pursue everyone else…

  2. dashifen says:

    I would have gone with Dirty Deeds myself….

  3. Anaerin says:

    Thunderstruck? Someone let Mr. Stark know Jarvis has hacked the wrong computer again.

  4. nickgb says:

    Has nobody looked into a possible Maximum Overdrive angle?

  5. Christopher says:

    So they used AC/DC because using Rick Astley is considered a crime against humanity? 

  6. GeekMan says:

    In my imagination, even a handful of computers simultaneously playing Thunderstruck at max volume over shitty computer speakers, and almost certainly without any synchronization, is a horrifying cacophony to behold.  

  7. Here’s link to what looks to be the actual music video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Evu8L2pF7w

    The video features military images – helicopters, troops, etc. It’s practically a military promo video. Not surprising that it gets used in a military cyber-weapon.

  8. cservant says:

    Why do they *need* to be connected to the internet?

    Isolate systems?  If needed remote work, restricted gateway?  no?

  9. Anyone care to explain how a scientist in a repressive society that banned music thirty years ago would even know who the hell AC/DC is?

    • roobar says:

      Most of the Iranians I’ve worked/studied with suggest that while the regime is intolerant it isn’t anywhere near as repressive as the media in the west make out (at least not about music and dress).
      And AC/DC are 40 years old, so it might be an old diehard (ok, thunderstruck was 90′s)

    • Donald Petersen says:

      It’s just possible a greybeard Iranian scientist may remember Bon Scott-era AC/DC from before the 1979 revolution.

      Oi!

    • Dlo Burns says:

      From what I understand lots of media is smuggled through neighbors like Armenia (there’s a great scene in Persepolis about going to the market and getting illegal tapes). Also the regime was late playing catch up on net censorship, and still doesn’t do that great a job of it. 

    • Ipo says:

       Technical universities have internet access. 

  10. alex4point0 says:

    Don’t forget our mate J. Assange ‘mentored’ virus writers performing a similar deed with Australian rock music lyrics more than twenty years ago… allegedly. 
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WANK_(computer_worm)

  11. Who made who woulda been epic.. then a big boom.. even more epic

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