Hacker Says 2011 Iran Nuclear Cyber Attack Was Soundtracked by AC/DC’s ‘Thunderstruck’
By Philip Cosores
Now for a history lesson.
As detailed on Billboard, a few years ago, hackers of U.S. and Israeli affliliation hacked into the Iranian nuclear operation computers. The hackers then planted a virus that caused one fifth of Iran’s nuclear centrafuges to self-destruct, rendering themselves unusable.
What wasn’t known at the time was something else — something more musical — that the hackers did.
Mikko Hypponen, a computer security expert, told a story of the hack at the Black Hat conference on Wednesday (Aug. 6), which apparently involved Australian rock royalty AC/DC.
Because it isn’t enough to simply hack, the culprits also left a little message at many of the work stations in the nuclear facilities: the message of rock ‘n’ roll.
AC/DC‘s “Thunderstruck” was made to play at max volume: which is cool in and of itself. Making the message more interesting is the fact that rock is banned in Iran, with only instrumental rock songs allowed to be performed in public.
We aren’t sure which was the better move for democracy, the nuclear capabilities sabotage or the AC/DC prank. Would have been cooler if they put some American music, though, right?