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Can You Hear Me Now? Iran’s Nuke Program Faces the Music — And It’s Loud.

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Like everybody’s a critic! Even Iranian nuclear engineers. They evidently complained vociferously when they heard “Thunderstruck” by the heavy metal band AC/DC being pumped out at max decibels through their workstation speakers. Ouch!

According to, Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer at the Finnish computer security firm F-Secure, said he was contacted by a scientist working at the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI). The scientist explained, “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.”

He went on to say he believed the attackers used Metasploit, a common hacking tool that provides a variety of ways to penetrate “secure” networks.

Apparently, also a music critic in addition to his other pursuits, the scientist added, “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 Washington Post reported in June that the United States and Israel had joined forces to develop the Flame super-virus, which infiltrated Iran’s computer networks and monitored activities. And, in 2010, Iran’s nuclear facilities were attacked by Stuxnet, centrifuge-wrecking malware that may have come from the United States as well.

This latest attack, however, could just as well be the work of thrill-seeking hackers according to

Perhaps some smart people got the bright idea from one of those morons who turns up his car stereo so loud the doors bulge out. However the idea came about and whoever did it, it led Iran to call on the United Nations “to condemn organized cyberattacks against nations” (and maybe lower the volume).

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