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F-Secure Report: Another SCADA Attack in Iran — This Time With AC/DC

timothy posted more than 2 years ago | from the either-true-or-a-funny-movie-plot dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "F-Secure antivirus company of Finland has reported receiving e-mails from an Iranian nuclear scientist, who says Persian uranium-235 isotope refining efforts have just been hit with yet another cyber strike. (Stuxnet, Duqu and Flamer-Skywiper being the previous iterations of the same Operation Project Olympic attack plan.) Last month, President Obama's staff has admitted to the New York Times that there is a joint Israel-U.S. cybermilitary operation was behind the mishaps Iranians have recently been suffering with their UF6 gas refining centrifuge systems in the Natanz and Fordo plants. This time, the unverified e-mail claims, a new Metasploit-based malware owns Iranian VPNs, causes fault in the nuclear plants' Siemens-based industrial control systems, and randomly starts to play AC/DC's 'Thunderstruck' aloud via the infected computers' speakers."

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\m/ ( w ) \m/ (5, Funny)

Quakeulf (2650167) | more than 2 years ago | (#40749619)

Rock and revolt!

Re:\m/ ( w ) \m/ (4, Funny)

camperslo (704715) | more than 2 years ago | (#40750085)

Well there's really nothing to fear until people start getting Rick-rolled

Thunderstruck (5, Funny)

sageres (561626) | more than 2 years ago | (#40749629)

Sound of the drums
Beatin' in my heart
The thunder of guns
Tore me apart
You've been - thunderstruck

Re:Thunderstruck (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40749947)

Tore me apart

To the authors of this hack: I see what you did there, I LOL'd, and I will never listen to that song again without thinking of a cascade failure :)

You came, you saw, kicked its ass [youtube.com] !

I don't care who you are, that's funny. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40749637)

Somewhere out there, Bon Scott (yes, I know he's not on that track) is laughing.

Of Ownership (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40749645)

"This time, the unverified e-mail claims, a new Metasploit-based malware owns iranian VPNs..."

Might as well have put "pwns" instead.

Iron Man (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40749653)

It sounds like Tony Stark may have had a hand in this one.

Re:Iron Man (2)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 2 years ago | (#40749975)

It sounds like Tony Stark may have had a hand in this one.

What happens when Tony Stark/Iron man becomes infected by a virus?

Re:Iron Man (5, Funny)

Hsien-Ko (1090623) | more than 2 years ago | (#40750119)

Too many women with too many pills?

Re:Iron Man (4, Funny)

TWX (665546) | more than 2 years ago | (#40750163)

I think the parent comment meant the result, not the cause...

Re:Iron Man (1)

RaceProUK (1137575) | more than 2 years ago | (#40750017)

But did he build it in a cave?

Sarcasm! (1)

EliSowash (2532508) | more than 2 years ago | (#40749661)

That's quality craftsmanship, right there. In addition to delivering it's payload, the malware effs with with the target a little. Style over stealth FTW!

Re:Sarcasm! (1)

EliSowash (2532508) | more than 2 years ago | (#40749673)

...delivering it's payload...

*its....sheesh

Ironman (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40749665)

I think Tony Stark may be behind this attack.

Springsteen, weaponized. (4, Funny)

gestalt_n_pepper (991155) | more than 2 years ago | (#40749669)

I would have gone for "Born in the USA"

Re:Springsteen, weaponized. (5, Funny)

Muad'Dave (255648) | more than 2 years ago | (#40749823)

I would've gone with Hava Nagila [wikipedia.org] .

Re:Springsteen, weaponized. (5, Insightful)

Bill, Shooter of Bul (629286) | more than 2 years ago | (#40749831)

Yeah, but that song is about how bad the USA is at taking care of people, not how awesome it is to live here.

Re:Springsteen, weaponized. (1, Redundant)

mounthood (993037) | more than 2 years ago | (#40750201)

You only think that because you're thinking in english rather than the newspeak.

Re:Springsteen, weaponized. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40749837)

I would have gone for "Born in the USA"

A song chronicling the disillusionment of Vietnam veterans is probably not what the people who wrote that code are going for.

(Of course, a lot of people, including some politicians, seem to think that it's a pro-government patriotic song. Patriotic, maybe, but I'm guessing they never listened to anything but the chorus. Or perhaps the title.)

Re:Springsteen, weaponized. (1)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 2 years ago | (#40750183)

I would have gone for "Born in the USA"

A song chronicling the disillusionment of Vietnam veterans is probably not what the people who wrote that code are going for.

(Of course, a lot of people, including some politicians, seem to think that it's a pro-government patriotic song. Patriotic, maybe, but I'm guessing they never listened to anything but the chorus. Or perhaps the title.)

I'd like to think that 'Born in the USA' is considered patriotic because people are idiots; but I can never quite shake the nagging feeling that some of its proponents understand, and approve of, its celebration of America as a country where you can cynically throw away the human resources when they are no longer useful...

Re:Springsteen, weaponized. (2)

dpilot (134227) | more than 2 years ago | (#40750439)

One side thinks their country can be the greatest place on Earth, and wants to work on the needed changes to get it there.

The other side thinks it already is, and doesn't want to change a single thing - only roll back some of the changes the first group has already managed.

I'd prefer to think that "Born in the USA" was cast in the first mold, because recognition is the first step toward fixing. Also, any citizen of any nation can take the first view, and probably should. But then I just might be a little biased.

Re:Springsteen, weaponized. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40750517)

Son, is all this thinking you be doing making you happy? Yood be better off whittling some.

Re:Springsteen, weaponized. (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40749901)

I would have gone with some Justin Bieber or Nickelback.

Re:Springsteen, weaponized. (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40750033)

I would have included a video of naked women eating bacon!

Re:Springsteen, weaponized. (0)

JWSmythe (446288) | more than 2 years ago | (#40750241)

You should have posted this with your account. You would have gotten such a crazy moderation on it. :)

Re:Springsteen, weaponized. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40750567)

How much you want to bet there was some discrete toe-tapping and head-banging going on? If they really wanted to annoy/humiliate the scientists, they should have made the audio file "Friday" by Rebecca Black. Talk about fomenting revolution...

ROCK! (1)

LordGr8one (1174233) | more than 2 years ago | (#40749675)

Noriega has company now. This wouldn't be the first time the US has used rock music against its enemies.

Re:ROCK! (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40749727)

I'd still go for Wagner

disinformation? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40749679)

This somehow seems like a disinformation campaign by the iranians. With the refinement Flame/Stuxnet had, it seems a bit too amateurish that all of a sudden the attack methods would become so much more primitive and obvious to the victims (I mean, seriously, playing loud music in the middle of the night?)

Re:disinformation? (2)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 2 years ago | (#40750101)

Given that it is already de-facto-proven-even-for-official-purposes that the US has no qualms about fucking with Iran's computer systems, what would Iran have to gain by some sort of false-flag style thing?

If there were actually some lingering doubt about the US's willingness, I could see trying to score some points; but there really isn't. The explanations that it was either an attack pulled off by a much less sophisticated actor(hacking isn't totally newb stuff; but the list of people who can make trouble with metasploit is a whole hell of a lot longer than that of people who could pull off stuxnet or flame....) or by a sophisticated actor who found a relatively easy attack and thus has no reason to risk exposing any really cool exploits until the low-hanging fruit has been picked...

Re:disinformation? (2)

deKernel (65640) | more than 2 years ago | (#40750427)

There is nothing tangible to gain in the sense that it helps prove one particular country was the source of the attack. What they are doing is causing doubts as to the progress, if any, in their program. Translation: we are talking mind games with analysis as to just where they stand in the development cycle. Plus, the people within the Iranian program can use this to cover their butts if they are running behind or have something worse happen like explosions at plants and such.
Make no doubt about it, though the leader of Iran is a nut job, not all behind him have his same sense of craziness.

Re:disinformation? (3, Interesting)

vlm (69642) | more than 2 years ago | (#40750147)

More likely some poor bastard on the night shift was intentionally and willfully listening to evil mp3s he downloaded from the great satan over livewire, and when he got caught doing air guitar instead of whatever the hell a centrifuge operator does in his spare time, rather than taking the fall for it, commited yet another sin by blaming the CIA.

The disinfo part is I've worked in industrial plants on networks, and later for decades in companies with airgapped production and IT networks, and the first thing you do after the first infection is airgap IT and everything else you can away from production, then you disassemble production.

So the scales of upper management weigh:
1) On one side the ops when they're bored want to check facebook, email, and play angry birds online
2) On the other side the plant might be destroyed in an explosion that kills us all and the dictator will kill my family as punishment even though I'm already dead.

Yeah I can see how the local equivalent of mahogany row decided to leave plant equipment accessible. Yeah, totally realistic. Not PR BS at all. Uh huh.

Re:disinformation? (1)

AmiMoJo (196126) | more than 2 years ago | (#40750289)

Well it's hardly a secret or cold war any more, so subtlety is no longer required.

Eventually Iran will retaliate and then all hell will break loose. Just hope they send viruses and not cruise missiles.

How to look like asses (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40750327)

All these attacks are making me sympathetic for Iran

Awesome! (2)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | more than 2 years ago | (#40749697)

What other songs could the virus rock out with?

"Stranglehold"
"Eve Of Destruction"
"Dogs Of War"
"Born In The USA"
Pretty much anything off Dark Side Of The Moon

Re:Awesome! (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40749753)

Something by Celine Dion.

Re:Awesome! (5, Funny)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | more than 2 years ago | (#40749913)

That might violate the Geneva Conventions.

Re:Awesome! (4, Funny)

only_human (761334) | more than 2 years ago | (#40749777)

What other songs could the virus rock out with?

How about rickrolling?

Re:Awesome! (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40749809)

Just throwing this idea out there:

"I'll be honest with you, I love his music. I do. I'm a Michael Bolton fan! For my money, I don't know if it gets any better than when he sings, 'When A Man Loves A Woman'."

Re:Awesome! (0)

fluffythedestroyer (2586259) | more than 2 years ago | (#40749963)

we don't want to start a mass suicide ffs, we want to torture them.

Re:Awesome! (3, Funny)

Teresita (982888) | more than 2 years ago | (#40749819)

I study nuclear science
I love my classes
I got a crazy teacher,
He wears dark glasses.
Things are going great,
And they're only getting better.
I'm doing all right, getting good grades.
The future's so bright
I gotta wear shades.

Re:Awesome! (1)

MickyTheIdiot (1032226) | more than 2 years ago | (#40750125)

Hairstyles and attitudes... how to they relate?

Re:Awesome! (5, Funny)

Zocalo (252965) | more than 2 years ago | (#40749843)

The Police's "Every Breath You Take (I'll be watching you)" should raise paranoia levels nicely.

Re:Awesome! (2)

doubleplusungodly (1929514) | more than 2 years ago | (#40749881)

How about something obnoxious like "America, Fuck Yeah" or "Trololol"?

Re:Awesome! (3, Funny)

RaceProUK (1137575) | more than 2 years ago | (#40750081)

'Blame Canada'

Re:Awesome! (1, Troll)

magarity (164372) | more than 2 years ago | (#40749925)

No, no, no, you're thinking all wrong. Iran is a strict Islamic state. Songs to play over their nuclear program's computer speakers include:
"Girls Just Want to have Fun" by Cyndi Lauper
"Erotica" by Madonna ...etc

Re:Awesome! (1)

fast turtle (1118037) | more than 2 years ago | (#40750347)

"If I Had a Hammer" by Peter, Paul, Mary

Latin Love of Mine by?

How about the standard disconnected/unreachable phone number "We're sorry, that number is unavailable. Please check your number and dial again." though I'd change the message to We're Sorry but God is Unavailabe. You can leave a message or Hang Up."

Re:Awesome! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40750359)

No, no, no, you're thinking all wrong. Iran is a strict Islamic state.

Then how about this catchy litte number? [youtube.com]

Re:Awesome! (2)

HexaByte (817350) | more than 2 years ago | (#40750699)

Even better, it should just open a browser to a porn site.

Imagine how well their research will go when all their top scientists are beheaded for being perverts under Islamic Law!

She Blinded me with Science (1)

maroberts (15852) | more than 2 years ago | (#40749999)

Thomas Dolby

Re:Awesome! (4, Funny)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 2 years ago | (#40750157)

Inertia might prevent this; but (if the virus has access to PLCs) rocking some unlistenable ambient industrial exclusively using PLC-controlled hardware being operated in a manner egregiously beyond its design specs would be fairly entertaining.

A computer attempting the DJ-style turntable 'scratching' effect on a bank of ultracentrifuges would be fun while it lasted...

Re:Awesome! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40750249)

I'm sure there's some anti nuclear energy song they could have used.

Re:Awesome! (1)

gman003 (1693318) | more than 2 years ago | (#40750559)

Why not do something actually about nuclear war?

"Fight Fire With Fire" or "Rust in Peace... Polaris" might do nicely, as a sort of "hey, this thing you're building will kill millions of people, you know" message.

Re:Awesome! (1)

MarkGriz (520778) | more than 2 years ago | (#40750639)

What other songs could the virus rock out with?

"America, Fuck Yea!"

Re:Awesome! (1)

Phrogman (80473) | more than 2 years ago | (#40750661)

Armageddon
When you're Hot, you're Hot

RIAA vs US gov't (5, Funny)

MoogMan (442253) | more than 2 years ago | (#40749705)

I hope the malware writers (or the US gov't) have agreed their license fees with the respective record companies, otherwise they'll find themselves in a world of pain!

Re:RIAA vs US gov't (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40749759)

The playing of that music is the actual damage action because it is then clear that those infected facilities will be attacked by the RIAA fur unlicensed music playing.

Re:RIAA vs US gov't (1)

Sulphur (1548251) | more than 2 years ago | (#40750315)

The playing of that music is the actual damage action because it is then clear that those infected facilities will be attacked by the RIAA fur unlicensed music playing.

How many bummers does the RIAA have?

Re:RIAA vs US gov't (1)

captainpanic (1173915) | more than 2 years ago | (#40749787)

First thing I thought too, lol.

There's something comforting about it though. Even when employed by the government, hackers are just hackers. :-)

Re:RIAA vs US gov't (1)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | more than 2 years ago | (#40749887)

No worries. The Men In Black have already paid the industry lawyers a little visit. A courtesy call, if you will.

Re:RIAA vs US gov't (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40749979)

Sovereign immunity [wikipedia.org] , biatch.

Pleading the Fifth: takings (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 2 years ago | (#40750247)

The Fifth Amendment provides an exception to sovereign immunity, allowing copyright owners to recover "just compensation" for the U.S. Government's use of their works.

Re:RIAA vs US gov't (1)

gmuslera (3436) | more than 2 years ago | (#40750255)

Thats the genious part of the attack. Those infected computers were found playing unlicensed music, the RIAA will sue them overseas. Is a blended attack, not only just hack them, but also take out all their money.

Escalating the war (1)

SJester (1676058) | more than 2 years ago | (#40749713)

If Iran continues its weapons program the virus escalates to playing "Rock the Casbah."

Re:Escalating the war (1)

SJHillman (1966756) | more than 2 years ago | (#40749899)

And if all else fails, it goes to "The Final Countdown"

Re:Escalating the war (1)

MickyTheIdiot (1032226) | more than 2 years ago | (#40750185)

how about Two Suns in the Sunset?

RIAA (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40749715)

When will the RIAA move in. This is surely unlicensed performance.

The current Iranian Regime is at an end... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40749719)

...because now the RIAA will be on them for distributing copyrighted material.

We didn't start the fire (1)

gmuslera (3436) | more than 2 years ago | (#40749743)

Will be amazing the variations of the "Cyberwar, wrong" message from the government in the next months/years, specially every time a hack widespreads or they want to catch even more private information from people of all countries. The key to be the victim in any conflict is dismiss/deny every time you were the attacker.

Bullshit (5, Insightful)

slb (72208) | more than 2 years ago | (#40749751)

Yeah, so suddenly the guys who did a lot of work to be undetected will use Metasploit code and disclose their owning of the computers with an AC/DC song .... Methinks someone is not reaching his objectives and found a good scapegoat as an excuse... The alternative of course would be that script kiddies are owning Iran's nuclear researchs lab infrastructure ...

Re:Bullshit (0)

Bill, Shooter of Bul (629286) | more than 2 years ago | (#40749919)

Yeah, I think its script kiddies marying parts of stuxnet with metasploit. Thunderstuck is an obvious sign of a person in desperate need of friends with musical taste. AC/DC was the NickelBack of the 80's.

Re:Bullshit (3, Insightful)

RaceProUK (1137575) | more than 2 years ago | (#40750071)

Only with 5000% more talent :P

Re:Bullshit (1)

Bill, Shooter of Bul (629286) | more than 2 years ago | (#40750133)

Five thousand percent of an infinitesimally small number is still an infinitesimally small number ... ;P

Parent Up (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40749997)

(AC because I'm posting at work)

I wish I could use some of my mod points to mod parent up. "Using (or having insiders create) multiple 0-days for Stuxnet" vs. "Metasploit and proclaiming victory by playing a .mp3" show two completely different models of operating. There isn't anything like Defcon or Black Hat going on this week, is there? ;)

Re:Bullshit (2)

dbIII (701233) | more than 2 years ago | (#40750061)

It's a dirty deed done dirt cheap.
If they are caught they'll only make it out with a bullet in the back.

Re:Bullshit (1)

zrbyte (1666979) | more than 2 years ago | (#40750065)

Yeah. My bet would be on script kiddies as well. This is just somebody trolling the Iranians. The US and Israel tried to stay undetected for as long as possible and in the mean time do as much damage as they possibly could.

Re:Bullshit (1)

leonardluen (211265) | more than 2 years ago | (#40750583)

no, you see the US is just trying to unleash the RIAA's fury...hey those guys over there are playing your songs without paying! sic em boy!

Piracy (1)

doubleplusungodly (1929514) | more than 2 years ago | (#40749779)

I wonder what the RIAA thinks of all these copies of 'Thunderstruck' on the Iranian computers. If it wasn't the US government making this malware they'd probably demand a license fee for each playing of 'Thunderstruck' on a computer in Iran.

Factual Corrections (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40749799)

I have a few bones to pick with the summary, of a factual nature. Corrections are in bold, I have not corrected the grammatical errors.

"F-Secure antivirus company of Finland has reported receiving e-mails from an Iranian nuclear scientist, who says Persian uranium-235 isotope refining efforts have just been hit with yet another cyber strike. (Stuxnet, Duqu and Flamer-Skywiper allegedly being the previous iterations of the same Operation Project Olympic attack plan.) Last month, an anonymous member of President Obama's staff has allegedly admitted to the New York Times that there is a joint Israel-U.S. cybermilitary operation was behind the mishaps Iranians have recently been suffering with their UF6 gas refining centrifuge systems in the Natanz and Fordo plants. This time, the unverified e-mail claims, a new Metasploit-based malware owns iranian VPNs, causes fault in the nuclear plants' Siemens-based industrial control systems, and randomly starts to play AC/DC's 'Thunderstruck' aloud via the infected computers' speakers."

I'm not saying the Times is wrong, but I don't trust their source completely. I also am not claiming he's wrong, but the press has a very bad habit of really fucking up critical details of technology-related stories. For example, I find it pretty hard to swallow that such an operation would only involve the US and Israel. It's all very convenient, and tidy, and in real life the real story is very rarely wrapped up in such a pretty little package. We certainly need at least an independent confirmation of the source's information.

Act of War (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40749805)

They are seriously dancing around if this is an act of war. If Iran started hitting the US I suspect these actions would have a different spin. Of course the US is a super power so war with them is on a completely different level than the smaller countries.

Pandora's Box (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40749813)

It's been opened.

The US will not encounter foreign boots on the ground but cyber retaliation... and I promise it could get very ugly. As a former Network Admin, Accelerator Designer, and now Siemens Programmer I can tell you that these viruses can be turned back on us. Much of the world runs on Siemens programming. Oil rigs, chemical mixers, MRI scanners, food prep, power grids, water treatment, and manufacturing assembly of all kinds (right off the top of my head) all run on Siemens hardware/software and we don't have the ability to defend against it.

However, I am not worried about Iran. It's China who already has their digital boots on the ground.

Re:Pandora's Box (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40750295)

yes, but the pandora box was already opened by China like you say. We have to play the game now. If we don't, then we are even more vulnerable. The more we practice on nut cases like Iran, the better prepared we will be for future cyberwarfare. It's like Vietnam. We went in there having no idea how to fight jungle warfare and got beat bad. It's too late to turn back now. We either become very experienced and knowledgeable in this new war, or we sit around like the Romans near the end of the Roman Empire being "civil" and waiting for our eventual overrunning by barbarians. The Roman Empire was successful in its early years mainly because it was an expert in all forms of warfare. When they became too civilized (amongst other problems), they lost their edge.

China started this new class of warfare and we need to practice to compete.

The obvious question... (3, Funny)

jonwil (467024) | more than 2 years ago | (#40749815)

Will the RIAA be sending the Iranian government a cease and desist notice for violating its copyright on the song?

Government sponsored file sharing! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40749825)

Hey government, so it's illegal when I share Thunderstruck with my friends, but it's OK for you to spend my tax dollars giving it away to douchebag weapons scientists who don't even like AC/DC? Whatever!

Re:Government sponsored file sharing! (1)

vlm (69642) | more than 2 years ago | (#40750223)

Hey government, so it's illegal when I share Thunderstruck with my friends, but it's OK for you to spend my tax dollars giving it away to douchebag weapons scientists who don't even like AC/DC? Whatever!

There's a pretty good analogy with automatic weapons in that I'm not allowed to "permanent loan" a buddy something shiny and fun without the tax stamp and going thru a FFL dealer, but foreign aid regularly delivers weapons to foreigners for free, even if the locals don't like the dictators thugs to be better armed. Its not all that unusual of a situation.

who is the IT guy there... (1)

zome (546331) | more than 2 years ago | (#40749943)

at some point they need to learn how to secure their infrastructure. I mean, they know they are under attack, and still another virus get thru? It's gonna be suck working in IT dept over there right now. they're gonna be asked what went wrong and how to make sure it won't happen again. If I were them, I would start by put some glue in empty USB ports. Given that Stuxnex got into their system via USB memory stick so it doesn't sound too bad.

So close... (1, Redundant)

DdJ (10790) | more than 2 years ago | (#40749977)

I weep at the lost opportunity for rickrolling.

Coursera (2)

robi5 (1261542) | more than 2 years ago | (#40750003)

Federal agents must be going through iranian IP addresses of the Cryptography course on Coursera.

Come again? (2)

Indigo (2453) | more than 2 years ago | (#40750013)

> President Obama's staff has admitted to the New York Times that there is a joint Israel-U.S. cybermilitary operation was behind the mishaps Iranians have recently been suffering with their UF6 gas refining centrifuge systems in the Natanz and Fordo plants.

Remind me, when and where exactly did Obama's staff admit this? Is there anything at all besides one article with unsourced allegations?

No doubt the U.S. is behind behind this. But I'm getting damned tired of the shoddy journalism. I've seen so many claims that "the President has confirmed that the U.S. is behind the cyber attacks on Iraq nuclear facilities" with absolutely nothing to back them up. C'mon folks, stick to the facts.

Re:Come again? (0)

jedidiah (1196) | more than 2 years ago | (#40750227)

Besides. The obvious culprit here is Israel. They have the talent and motivation.

The US is just a spectator by comparison.

You must admit it (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40750027)

This malware rocks. :-)

In five years (1)

rvw (755107) | more than 2 years ago | (#40750099)

In five years time, Iran will have the best SCADA cyber security engineers in the world. I bet they will give this full priority. And when they have these skills, they have the skills to attack as well. Then think of what will happen. The US should better be sure that they are able to *destroy* those machines, so Iran cannot use them to test, otherwise... And how about Germany and Italy - are they still delivering systems to Iran? I wouldn't be surprised!

from hackers to the USA (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40750251)

Fuck you....not gonna work for you....

When did we (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40750103)

When did we start greenlighting onion stories.

Up next: Hot redhead quits the nuclear program via slideshow!

Stand aside, the RIAA will deal with this one. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40750109)

Oh boy. Those virus writers in trouble now.

Distributing music without permission? The RIAA are going to nail them for this.

Transparency (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40750137)

Isn't amazing how the "most transparent White House in history" can't release their visitor logs but they can release highly classified intelligence regarding ongoing operations?

If true, it's very bad news (1)

guanxi (216397) | more than 2 years ago | (#40750169)

If it is true, it's bad news:

Assuming that the Stuxnet/Flame attackers are trying to avoid being detected and are not announcing their presence with cheap pranks, the report, if true, would mean someone else has broken into Iranian nuclear weapons research systems, and that it's someone so unprofessional and unskilled that they are doing it as a prank.

Those systems may contain data that nuclear proliferators would love. If they are that insecure, then everything the Iranians have learned could spread rapidly.

T.n.T (1)

fluffythedestroyer (2586259) | more than 2 years ago | (#40750333)

I would go with AC/DC - T.n.t. instead lol

Too Stupid To Be Believable (1)

Zamphatta (1760346) | more than 2 years ago | (#40750481)

This reminds me of April 1st. I highly doubt anyone using malware to slow down or halt the Iranians nuclear efforts, would do it in a way that makes them clearly realize they're infected with something. That's more of a newbie prank or a troll ("unverified email" should keep this story from being news), than a real attempt to stop anything. The whole reason Stuxnext & Duqu were so successful is because of their ninja-like quietness in the systems.

Countdown before the lawsuit (1)

Phrogman (80473) | more than 2 years ago | (#40750573)

from the RIAA over the money due each time this virus strikes, I mean sheesh, that could amount to a lot of cash right? And the recording industry is hurting what with the trillions of dollars they say they are losing every year to piracy.
Or maybe thats the idea, they will sic the RIAA on the Iranians and save the US military the effort :P

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