So, picture this… you’re working for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Iran’s controversial atomic energy program. You’re probably not sleeping too well after the alleged assassination of some of your colleagues.
Then there’s the constant saber rattling surrounding your work. What the hell? Ahmadinejad and Netanyahu won’t be the ones with bombs falling on their workplace if hotter heads prevail.
At least nighttime is peaceful. Until; one of the most epic rock rifts starts inexplicably blaring out the computer speakers of AEOI’s facility. That’s right, AC/DC’s THUNDERSTRUCK!
Apparently some hackers installed malware on the facility’s computers that randomly play’s Thunderstruck at max volume.
It’s a pretty unorthodox attack, but gets two thumbs up from me for creativity and general rock awesomeness.
Here’s the original e-mail from an AEOI scientist reaching out to American cyber security experts:
Over the weekend, I received a series of emails from Iran. They were sent by a scientist working at the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI).
The scientist reached out to publish information about Iranian nuclear systems getting struck by yet another cyber attack.
I am writing you to inform you that our nuclear program has once again been compromised and attacked by a new worm with exploits which have shut down our automation network at Natanz and another facility Fordo near Qom.
According to the email our cyber experts sent to our teams, they believe a hacker tool Metasploit was used. The hackers had access to our VPN. The automation network and Siemens hardware were attacked and shut down. I only know very little about these cyber issues as I am scientist not a computer expert.
There was also some music playing randomly on several of the workstations during the middle of the night with the volume maxed out. I believe it was playing ‘Thunderstruck’ by AC/DC.
I’m not sure what to think about this. We can’t confirm any of the details. However, we can confirm that the researcher was sending and receiving emails from within the AEOI.