As far as I can tell the music simply indicated a compromised system. However, back in the way back times, if you programmed the seeks on a large disk drive you could get it to play 'music' of a sort from the resonance of the stepper motors. I had wondered if someone has changed stuxnet to modify the centrifuge speeds to play notes, and then have the facility play heavy metal music (which would be appropriate for a facility that was purifying a very heavy metal).
I too was really hoping they'd done this to the centrifuges.
Instinctively I think this story reeks of bullshit. Not saying it didn't happen, but rather I sense deeper levels of foul play: like others have said, it feels like a distraction or misdirection. The metasploit mention is incongruous as well.
why would the computer security people tell everyone that it was metasploit? usually, IT staff tells people very little about current or ongoing security events.
why would workstations have speakers? perhaps they were internal speakers, but still.
are the phrases and word choices used in the e-mail consistent with the type of person who purports to have sent the e-mail? I'd like someones more expert opinion here on whether an Iranian person would say "maxed out", for example.
and finally, why would a real nuclear scientist risk death and imprisonment to tell an antivirus company that someone had compromised their computers to play AC/DC?
I'm serious, I think anyone who's been in (any) military capacity can see such a thing happening.
Yes, but they're all referring back to the same original claim. I don't find this story credible at all, and think it more likely that someone has spoofed an email using the addresses and header data found in a previous Wikileaks release.
I hope that the any government protest will resume and the people in Teheran will overthrow the priests. I have no sympathy for the Iranian goverment, but I fear a war more than I fear a neuclear armed Iran (what are they going to do with them, anyway? Blow up Israel? Attack the united states?).
I would love to see the entire facility spontaneously erupt into a symphony like this: http://vimeo.com/1109226
If this is real, it certainly wasn't the same team that executed the first attacks. Sounds like a couple of prankster pentesters.
I'm sure everyone who shelled out $12/album with Verizon's DRM is still rocking out to Hells Bells.
Presumably this was a bug in a VPN software somewhere, which led to, probably, some windows machines. The fact that this was at a nuclear facility is kindof pointless; it's just an office.
Stuxnet specifically went after industrial control systems, and destroyed the machines they controlled.
The choice of music is excellent though ;)
I hope the regime fall, but it has to be internal or it won't stick.
"The west" isn't a monolith. Elites everywhere profit from war, simply because it first and foremost tightens control and keeps people busy.
Well, maybe it isn't a nuclear lab after all, but a honeypot for hackers? And the actual lab is somewhere else?
Because otherwise they would figure it out already, I think.
I was thinking had it happened to US, some nutjob would have declared Metasploit illegal. Though US regulations don't apply to us non-US folks, developing nations tend to pick things from west, especially for issues concerning technology. I blame US for broadband fair-usage quota.
Also, EU or US regulations make travelling difficult. Hasn't EU declared hacking tools illegal? Man, it would suck to be detained in a foreign country for installing metasploit.
edit: sorry I couldn't resist, just watched Harold and Kumar escape from guantanamo bay yesterday :P
edit: oh sorry, the OP already made this point :p
Believe it or not, even government workers have a sense of humor ...
Plug me in, turn me on, I'm a sparklin' man
High voltage rock 'n' roll
It means that the US is out of ideas on how to stop Iran's nuclear program via cyber weapons.
Because if they had an idea on the level of stuxnet they wouldn't announce infected PCs in such an obvious way. :/
"Look we have everything under control. We can even afford to let you know that. Look, we can make your top secret workstations play music just for fun. Don't mess with us, otherwise we can make even your bombs explode in your own bunkers."
I think if the Iranians are really so stupid to make war with Israel or U.S. (which means WW3) this would lead to their own self destruction.
I can believe that some government idiots after looking Matrix sponsored "cyberwar".
I can believe that some smart guys really tried to write a first "cyberweapon".
I can believe that iranian intelligence service gladly playing this game.
I can't believe that a country with a lot of people with high education can have a problem with a worm.
Windows or not Windows - it does not matters. Sane persone can't overlook some strange process in OS.
Rootkits? Do you think that this kind of servers frequently rebooting?
And now it even plays AC/DC for "stupid iranians"!
Even lamerz can do nuclear physics! Process explorer for true genuises!