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07/25/2012

'AC/DC' virus hits Iran’s nuclear plants

A computer virus has hit computers that control Iran’s nuclear plants – and they’re playing a tune that likely has local experts ‘Thunderstruck.’

According to F-Secure’s labs, a malicious attack has brought down computers in Iran’s nuclear plants.

The worm has reportedly caused a ruckus at the country’s Natanz and Fordo facilities, bringing down their “automation network.”

This is all according to an email sent to F-Secure from a scientist working on the inside of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization.

The most amusing part – other than the whole fact that computers were hacked – is that the virus also prompts computers to play Thunderstruck by AC/DC. Thus, its name as the AC/DC virus.

Obviously, the Iranian government hasn’t confirmed the attack. But it was able to figure out that the scientist who sent the email did so from within the country’s nuclear energy group.

Let’s be honest – this isn’t the first time Iran’s nuclear system was hit with a virus. They had to deal with the Stuxnet attack. Quite possibly – this won’t be the last.

Are you worried that Iran’s nuclear energy organization’s computer system was hacked?

- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets

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Danny BradburyDanny Bradbury

Danny Bradbury is a technology journalist with 20 years' experience. He writes regularly for publications including the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Financial Post, and Backbone magazine. Danny also writes and directs documentaries.

Maurice CachoMaurice Cacho

Maurice Cacho is a Toronto-based journalist mixing his love for tech with a passion for news. He's also CP24's Web Journalist and appears daily on CP24 Breakfast and weekly on the channel's tech show, Webnation, discussing tech news and trends.

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