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Report: Iran’s nuclear program disrupted by virus that blasts AC/DC in the middle of the night

Matt Pitchford Contributor

Iran’s nuclear program has been thunderstruck for the third time.

According to an email publicly released by the Finnish digital security firm F-secure, a new virus has shut down part of Iran’s nuclear program and also blasts AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” at full volume in the middle of the night.

RT reports that Mikko Hypponen, chief researcher at F-secure, released a letter he received from an unnamed Iranian scientist. The scientist, who said he worked for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, wrote that the virus shut down the automatic network at the Natanz uranium enrichment facility in central Iran and a secret underground research facility at Fordo, southwest of Tehran.

Hypponen published the letter on his blog, but cautioned that there is no way for him to verify the accusations. He was able to confirm, however, that the letter did originate from the AEOI’s servers.

Bloomberg reports that the head of Iran’s Information Technology Organization, Ali Hakim Javadi, said Wednesday that Iran is calling on the United Nations to condemn organized cyber attacks against nations.

Significant investment is needed for the creation of malware viruses such as Stuxnet or Flame, which previously targeted Iran, indicating that they were not produced by individuals, the Iranian official said.

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