The Stuxnet virus infamously burrowed its way into the computers of the Iranian government back in 2010, attacking its nuclear program and causing one-fifth of the country’s nuclear centrifuges to self-destruct. It also apparently blasted a killer soundtrack as it did so.
According to VentureBeat, a Finnish security expert speaking at the Black Hat conference detailed how one of his Iranian colleagues emailed him. ““There was also some music playing randomly on several of the workstations during the middle of the night with the volume maxed out,'” the email read, recalled Mikko Hypponen. “‘I believe it was the American band AC/DC Thunderstruck.”
“‘It was all very strange and happened very quickly,'” they added. “The attackers also managed to gain root access to the machine they entered from and removed all the logs.’”
Hypponen theorized that the hacker behind Stuxnet (which may have been a joint effort between America and Israel) simply wanted to show off his control over the Iranians. “If your computer plays AC/DC, you know that something’s going on, and your own IT department looks stupid, because they can’t stop it, they can’t keep the malware out,” he joked later on his blog.
And, really, if you’re a hacker, “Thunderstruck,” by the Australian band AC/DC, is a great song to play while you’re making Iran’s nuclear centrifuges spin themselves to death.
[h/t The Verge]
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