Magazine article Tablet Magazine

AC/DC-Themed Virus May Have Hit Iran

Magazine article Tablet Magazine

AC/DC-Themed Virus May Have Hit Iran

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I have an embarrassing admission. As a teenager in Houston, Texas, I managed–for a number of years–to fall under the spell of hard rock bands whose mere mention now would elicit scorn from my co-workers that I'm not yet ready to handle.

One of those bands happens to be AC/DC and I remember that in 8th grade I went to see them on their Ballbreaker Tour. My inexplicably tolerant mom dropped me and a friend off at The Summit–the arena where the Houston Rockets used to play basketball–that night for the show. The Summit eventually became Lakewood Church, Joel Osteen's mega-pulpit, which now seats crowds of 20,000-plus on Sunday mornings.

Anyway, we liked AC/DC for the same reasons most people did. They played loud rock anthems with slashing guitar solos and all of their lyrics were full of sexual innuendoes. Even though I had braces and a curfew, I was also enchanted by the mythology of a band whose original lead singer, Bon Scott, had written a song where he sang "I'm on a highway to hell" not long before he died a young, totally avoidable death. You find these perverse things cool when you're 14.

Perverse things you find cool many years later: Sites are reporting that last week Iranian nuclear facilities suffered a cyber attack where computers were struck with a virus that shut them down before blasting the AC/DC song "Thunderstuck."

A new worm targeted Iran's nuclear program, closing down the "automation network" at the Natanz and Fordo facilities, the Internet security site reported, citing an e-mail it said was sent by a scientist inside Iran's Atomic Energy Organization. …

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