Yesterday (Aug. 24), journalists attending a Toronto press conference surrounding the Ashley Madison leaks wondered why they were being handed AC/DC lyric sheets.
The hard rock legends were the unwitting soundtrack of choice for the online criminals. The press conference revealed that when employees of the dating-by-way-of-infidelity website logged into their computers July 12, they were greeted to a message from the hackers accompanied by AC/DC’s 1990 song “Thunderstruck.”
Lyrically, the hit song is about finding yourself “caught in the middle of a railroad track” after a wild night of partying with women. “You’ve been thunderstruck,” goes the chorus. It’s not hard to see how this played into the hackers’ agenda. Toronto police said the song soundtracked the hackers’ message when it appeared on the computer screens of Avid Life Media employees, the company that owns Ashley Madison.
Of course, the band itself had nothing to do with the hacks, which became national news after compromising the privacy of over 33 million accounts and allegedly leading to two suicides. Avid Life Media offered a $500,000 reward to anyone providing information leading to the prosecution of the hackers behind the invasion, known as the Impact Team.
“Thunderstruck” is one of AC/DC’s most iconic songs, right up there with “Highway to Hell” and “You Shook Me All Night Long.” It appeared on their 1990 album The Razors Edge.