Iran denies report of AC/DC song playing from computers at nuclear site


Iran denied a report that some computers at the country’s nuclear facilities were hit with a virus that shut them down and played the AC/DC song “Thunderstruck” at full blast.

The head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization chief, Fereidoun Abbasi, called the report “incorrect,” according to Bloomberg News, citing the Iranian Students News Agency. He did not elaborate on the issue.

Late last month, an Iranian nuclear scientist reportedly complained to a cybersecurity expert via e-mail that the song was playing from some of the computers. The e-mail claimed that the virus also shut down part of the network.

The cybersecurity expert, Mikko Hypponen, the chief research officer at the Finnish security firm F-Secure, could not provide further details on the attack. F-Secure confirmed, however, that the e-mails were from Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization.

Virus gives Iran’s nuclear facilities a blast of AC/DC


A virus reportedly caused a heavy metal song to play from computers at two of Iran’s nuclear facilities.

According to the Times of Israel, computers at the Nantaz and Fordo facilities blasted the AC/DC song “Thunderstruck” at full volume in the middle of the night last weekend. An Iranian nuclear scientist reportedly complained to a cybersecurity expert via email that the song was playing from the computers. The virus also reportedly shut down part of the network.

The cybersecurity expert, Mikko Hypponen, the chief research officer at the Finnish security firm F-Secure, could not confirm the reports.

On Wednesday, the head of Iran’s Information Technology and Communications Organization, Ali Hakim Javadi, called for international condemnation of cyberattacks, the Times of Israel reported.