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.
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