U.S. and Israel Reportedly Went Nuclear with Iranian AC/DC Hack

Angus Young of AC/DC
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Angus Young of AC/DC performs on stage on the first day of the Download Festival at Donington Park on June 11, 2010 in Derby, England.

Dirty deeds, done while you sleep.

A few years ago, the world (or at least the portion that pays attention to cyber warfare) was shocked by the news of Israeli and American hackers' infiltration of the computers operating Iran's nuclear facilities, using the virus Stuxnet. The virus reportedly caused a fifth of Iran's nuclear centrifuges to self-destruct by telling them to run themselves into the ground. It was work straight out of the movies, an artistic medium not exactly known for its accurate portrayal of basically anything relating to computers.

That wasn't all the hackers pulled, apparently. Mikko Hypponen, a well-known computer security expert, told a great tale during the Black Hat security conference on Wednesday, according to a report from VentureBeat.

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Hypponen relayed that, not satisfied by simply setting Iran's nuclear program back by years, the hackers also played AC/DC at the workstations of one of the facilities. He shared an email from an Iranian scientist who worked at one of the facilities that read in part:

“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 the American band AC-DC Thunderstruck. It was all very strange and happened very quickly."

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As of this writing, the healing power of rock and roll is still banned by Iran. Rock music is only allowed to be performed in public in the country if it is purely instrumental. All culture is filtered through the country's Ministry of Culture & Islamic Guidance.



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