Iran Nuclear Facilities hit with new Metasploit based AC/DC Cyber Attack??
(Image Source: F-Secure)
Iran nuclear systems may be getting hit yet again with a new cyber attack. And if reports are true, this one is much more musical than any in the past. Apparently at midnight, random computers start playing AC/DC’s Thunderstruck at maximum volume!
Over the weekend, security company F-Secure has received several e-mails from an Iranian scientist. The correspondence claims that the a new cyberattack, based on the ever popular Metasploit framework, has shut down systems at two facilities. But that is not all, the worm seems to have a very specific American music taste:
“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.
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.
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 song choice is very interesting indeed, as any American armchair general can tell you that “Thunderstruck” is the number one “in your face” song chosen in american based military videos:
Reports so far are sketchy and nothing has been confirmed, but we will keep an eye on this story!
~ by D. Dieterle on July 25, 2012.