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`Iranian nuke facilities hit by computer virus`

Last Updated: Thursday, July 26, 2012 - 12:49

Tehran: Iranian nuclear facilities have reportedly been stuck by a computer worm that plays AC/DC`s hit song Thunderstruck repeatedly, and at full volume.

There has been no confirmation of the attack from Tehran, but the evidence stems from a series of e-mails purporting to be from the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran.

An unnamed Iranian scientist e-mailed Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer for Finnish Internet security firm F-Secure, saying that the facilities at Natanz and Fordo, near Qom, were hit by a worm, the Daily Mail reports.

According to the report, the malware not only disables the automated network at both sites, but also seemed to have an interesting side effect of blaring out AC/DC at any given moment.

"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," the scientist wrote in the e-mail.

According to the paper, another e-mail made reference to AC/DC`s Thunderstruck being played `on several workstations in the middle of the night with the volume maxed out`.


First Published: Thursday, July 26, 2012 - 12:49
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