In 2005, as head of Iran's Supreme Cultural Revolutionary Council, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad banned all forms of Western and "indecent" music from radio and television stations controlled by the state.
Considering such a drastic move, ole' boy can't be too happy about this: Iran's nuclear facilities have allegedly been infiltrated and hacked, causing nuclear plant workstation speakers to blast AC/DC's "Thunderstuck" at top volume.
Back in 2010, the computer systems that ran Iran's nuclear enrichment facilities were cyber-attacked by malware called Stuxnet that was developed by the U.S. and Israel. The mission, code-named 'Olympic Games,' started during the Bush administration and was carried out by President Obama, unabashed lover of Al Green.
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While I could see him being a little more tolerant if, from his nuclear workstation speakers, piped the sweet, soulful vocals of the the Good Reverend, but I can't imagine Ahmadinejad is too thrilled with the aural assault of naughty-school-boy Angus Young and company stomping all over his ear drums.
Word of the attack came from Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer at Finnish computer security firm F-Secure, who said he received emails from a nuclear scientist working at the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) as follows:
I am writing you to inform you that our nuclear program has once again been compromised and attacked by a new worm with exploits which have shut down our automation network at Natanz and another facility Fordo near Qom. According to the email our cyber experts sent to our teams, they believe a hacker tool Metasploit was used. The hackers had access to our VPN. The automation network and Siemens hardware were attacked and shut down. I only know very little about these cyber issues as I am scientist not a computer expert. There was also some music playing randomly on several of the workstations during the middle of the night with the volume maxed out. I believe it was playing 'Thunderstruck' by AC/DC.
While Hypponen didn't give the scientist's name and said that none of the details can be confirmed, he did write, "We can confirm that the researcher was sending and receiving emails from within the AEOI."
While I'm no fan of heavy metal being used to torture potentially innocent and wrongly-imprisoned detainess, I am a fan of heavy metal. And since the scientists who work at Iran's nuclear enrichment facilities are likely more annoyed than they are tortured, I'm going to give a slow clap for this pranky AC/DC cyber attack…if, in fact, it does exhist.
However, as fan of lacerating guitar riffs, I can only think of the tunes I would unleash. For now, here's my set list: Death Grip's "Beware," Black Sabbath's "Supernaut" and Pentagram's "Forever My Queen."
Big question is, what song(s) would you choose? They don't have to be heavy metal, either. Let me know in the comment's below. While you're racking your brain, here's a "Whole Lotta Rosie" to get you in the mood.