Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Iran Can't Take a Joke

Well, in case you were wondering about the mysterious cyber war reportedly going on between the CIA and the Mussad on one side and the Iranians on the other, it seems to be going fairly well for the good guys (yeah, us). In the latest round Iran’s nuclear program has been hit for the third time (and this one showed that some one has a sense of humor).

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

A 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 (the Iranian nuclear program) 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 (which may be a little hypocritical considering that they have been blamed for a failed cyber attack on New York City Banks just last week).

As for me, well, I'm an optimist.  I like to think the CIA and the Mussad are really good -good enough to slow the Iranians down a bit and give our politicians time do do something about the Iranian nuclear program before some city disappears under a mushroom cloud.

Live Long and Prosper...

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