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Nuclear Facility in Iran Hit by Computer Worm which Plays AC/DC Music

Theaustralian.com.au published a report on 25th July, 2012 stating that Iran's nuclear plants have been hit by a computer worm which apparently plays an AC/DC song besides causing general havoc.

Notably, AC/DC is a well known Australian rock band formed in 1973.

There has been no evidence from Teheran regarding the attack but it stems to be emanating from a series of emails purporting from the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI).

Israelnationalnews.com published a report on 26th July 2012 quoting an email message sent by an unauthenticated Iranian scientist to Mikko Hypponen, Chief Research Officer of Finnish Internet Security firm F-Secure stating that the services at Natanz and Fordo near Qom were stroked by a computer worm.

According to the email received by Hypponen, the scientist believes that Metasploit, a hacker tool, was used in the attack to gain access to the organisation's virtual private network (VPN). The automation network and Siemens hardware were also attacked which forced them to close down.

Smh.com.au published a report on 25th July, 2012 quoting the email of the scientist which reads: "There was some music playing randomly on maximum volume at several workstations during the mid-night and it was believed to be 'Thunderstruck' by AC/DC."

The malware used in AC/DC worm is believed to be cheap and open-source of malware which means any number of groups or governments could be behind the attack to rock Iran.

Iran's nuclear facilities including Stuxnet, Dugu and Flamer-Skywiper have been the target of a long-running series of computer viruses and worms.

Iran accuses U.S. and Israel of sabotaging its technological progress.

Theaustralian.com.au published a report on 25th July, 2012 quoting US Secretary Hillary Clinton as saying "We will use all elements of American power to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon." Clinton also said that this statement is in reference to Teheran's disputed nuclear program, which Washington and most of the Western countries believe, is a cover for a weapon's drive.

Sfgate.com published a news report on 25th July, 2012 quoting Ali Hakim Javadi, Head of Iran's Information technology Organisation saying Iran has called on United Nations to condemn organized cyber attacks against nations.

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