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F-Secure Report: Another SCADA Attack in Iran — This Time With AC/DC 253 253

An anonymous reader writes "F-Secure antivirus company of Finland has reported receiving e-mails from an Iranian nuclear scientist, who says Persian uranium-235 isotope refining efforts have just been hit with yet another cyber strike. (Stuxnet, Duqu and Flamer-Skywiper being the previous iterations of the same Operation Project Olympic attack plan.) Last month, President Obama's staff has admitted to the New York Times that there is a joint Israel-U.S. cybermilitary operation was behind the mishaps Iranians have recently been suffering with their UF6 gas refining centrifuge systems in the Natanz and Fordo plants. This time, the unverified e-mail claims, a new Metasploit-based malware owns Iranian VPNs, causes fault in the nuclear plants' Siemens-based industrial control systems, and randomly starts to play AC/DC's 'Thunderstruck' aloud via the infected computers' speakers."
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F-Secure Report: Another SCADA Attack in Iran — This Time With AC/DC

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  • disinformation? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 24, 2012 @10:52AM (#40749679)

    This somehow seems like a disinformation campaign by the iranians. With the refinement Flame/Stuxnet had, it seems a bit too amateurish that all of a sudden the attack methods would become so much more primitive and obvious to the victims (I mean, seriously, playing loud music in the middle of the night?)

  • Bullshit (Score:5, Insightful)

    by slb (72208) * on Tuesday July 24, 2012 @10:57AM (#40749751) Homepage
    Yeah, so suddenly the guys who did a lot of work to be undetected will use Metasploit code and disclose their owning of the computers with an AC/DC song .... Methinks someone is not reaching his objectives and found a good scapegoat as an excuse... The alternative of course would be that script kiddies are owning Iran's nuclear researchs lab infrastructure ...
  • Act of War (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 24, 2012 @11:01AM (#40749805)

    They are seriously dancing around if this is an act of war. If Iran started hitting the US I suspect these actions would have a different spin. Of course the US is a super power so war with them is on a completely different level than the smaller countries.

  • by Bill, Shooter of Bul (629286) on Tuesday July 24, 2012 @11:02AM (#40749831) Journal
    Yeah, but that song is about how bad the USA is at taking care of people, not how awesome it is to live here.
  • Re:Bullshit (Score:4, Insightful)

    by RaceProUK (1137575) on Tuesday July 24, 2012 @11:19AM (#40750071)
    Only with 5000% more talent :P
  • by H0p313ss (811249) on Tuesday July 24, 2012 @12:13PM (#40751007)

    You only think that because you're thinking in english rather than the newspeak.

    Interstate running through his front yard and he think's he's got it so good. But ain't that America?

    As a Canadian I found it pretty funny at the time that the song not only charted but became an anthem for (clueless?) patriots.

  • by drinkypoo (153816) <> on Tuesday July 24, 2012 @12:32PM (#40751387) Homepage Journal

    That's why you get anti-war songs used as title music for Vietnam War games, etc.

    Uh no, you get anti-war songs used as title music for the Viet Nam War because that war is almost universally hated, despised, and regretted. When you play a game about that war you know what the outcome is and you know it won't be happy. Irony, it's not just for breakfast any more, but it is for your comment.

  • Re:Sarcasm! (Score:4, Insightful)

    by icebike (68054) * on Tuesday July 24, 2012 @12:57PM (#40751797)

    Actually, playing the music, and calling attention to the exploit is a sign of kiddies at play, and nothing to do
    with any professional or state backed efforts. Why would you reveal your exploit?

    Its possible this is a diversionary tactic to hide something serious going on at different workstations. But I doubt it.
    It could also be an inside prank, because unless you are there to see the panic ensue, why play music. But I doubt that as well.

    The story is just as likely to be totally bogus: Unverified email form a nuclear scientist, Really!?, Like these guys get to send mail unguarded, un-scanned, un-censored?

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