Explore the latest news and trends  

Sign up for our weekly security newsletter

Be the first to receive important updates on security


Stuxnet Attackers Even Played Loud AC-DC on Iran’s Nuclear PCs

According to a security pundit attending the BlackHat conference that recently concluded at Las Vegas (USA), the Stuxnet PC-virus whose initial detection occurred during June 2010, notoriously dug inside Iran government's PCs, same year, damaging the country's nuclear program as well as making its nuclear centrifuges self-destructive. The malware even played loud one killer soundtrack in the process, the expert claimed. Mediaite.com reported this, August 7, 2014.

Well-known Mikko Hypponen was that security expert who's Chief Research Officer at F-Secure the Finland-based anti-virus company. Hypponen elaborated the way he learned of the unusual incident when he got one e-mail that a scientist from Iran had sent. Mediaite.com reported this.

Delivering a lecture during the conference, Hypponen recalled the e-mail stating how many workstations played certain music rather haphazardly at mid-night. According to the writer, the soundtrack came from the AC/DC Thunderstruck music group.

Elsewhere Hypponen stated that the attackers acquired admission into the computer's root component so they could erase every log present. Perhaps, it was a sarcastic gesture on the part of Stuxnet's operators, he conjectured. Infosecurity-magazine.com published this, August 8, 2014.

It might be somewhat unbelievable that the band had been identified as 'AC-DC Thunderstruck,' nevertheless, that's little astonishing for a nation that has banned any rock group, even AC-DC.

In his blog-post, Hypponen wrote that the attackers were probably trying to prove to the scientist's organization staff that they had an incapable IT department. When any employee's PC played AC/DC, the person knew something was happening, while his IT department appeared foolish, since it couldn't stop it i.e. couldn't prevent the malware. Perhaps it was mind games alternatively, the incident didn't ever occur; possibly the guy was simply doing a prank, Hypponen contended. Venturebeat.com published this, August 6, 2014.

Meanwhile, starting Stuxnet's emergence, Israel as well as USA have been refuting their involvement in it. Also, ever from Stuxnet's assault, Mr. Barack Obama, President of USA admonished the use of cyber-weapons for attacking another country, fearing there might be repurposing of the source codes and utilizing them against USA. Hitherto, the president has not remarked about the perils associated with installing AC/DC.

» SPAMfighter News - 8/20/2014

3 simple steps to update drivers on your Windows PCSlow PC? Optimize your Slow PC with SLOW-PCfighter!Email Cluttered with Spam? Free Spam Filter!

Dear Reader

We are happy to see you are reading our IT Security News.

We do believe, that the foundation for a good work environment starts with fast, secure and high performing computers. If you agree, then you should take a look at our Business Solutions to Spam Filter & Antivirus for even the latest version of Exchange Servers - your colleagues will appreciate it!

Go back to previous page