Friday, July 27, 2012

Iranian Scientist Claims U.S. Cyberattack Was … Loud

The United States has a rather bizarre history of blasting rock music into the ears of presumed enemies, so it seemed plausible when a prominent security expert reported Monday that a new cyberattack on Iran’s atomic program included workstations erupting in booms of “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC, an Australian rock band.

In a blog post, Mikko Hypponen, the chief research officer of F-Secure, a computer security company based in Finland, cited “a series of e-mails” he had received from “a scientist working at the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran.” He admitted he was unable to confirm any details of the alleged attack but said the sender was using the correct e-mail address, aeoi.org.ir.

Mr. Hypponen quoted the scientist as saying the music hit “in the middle of the night with the volume maxed out.”

His report created a sensation as blogs and news reports around the globe repeated the claim. ForeignPolicy.com went further, noting on its blog that the United States had repeatedly blasted loud music at supposed foes.

For instance, it noted that American troops in 1989 had tried to force the Panamanian president, Manuel Noriega, from his refuge in the Vatican embassy by bombarding it with loud music. The blog told of military DJs taking requests and creating a playlist that included AC/DC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long.” Read More