You’ve been … Thunderstruck
Never receiving the headlines in the West as in the Middle East, Iran is again suspicious of the State of Israel as the responsible party regarding a massive explosion at an Iranian military base outside the nation’s capital city, long suspected of being a secret nuclear development facility. As reported by the Washington Free Beacon news portal on Oct. 6, 2014, Iran’s Defense Industries Organization (DIO), which operates under the umbrella of the Islamic Republic’s Ministry of Defence, is casting a jaundiced eye that espionage rather than lax safety procedures are responsible for the “strong” and “tremendous explosion” that “shook Eastern Tehran,” which reportedly impacted a 10-mile area.
According to the DIO, the huge blast resulted in the deaths of two individuals identified only as “workers” at the site. The Fars News Service, the Iranian government controlled news agency has reported that a so-called “production plant” in east Tehran, near the Parchin nuclear facility, rocked at least the eastern part of the city. State media has generically stated the blast happened at an “explosive material factory” near the Parchin site.
Not the first time the Tehran regime has suspected the Israeli Mossad of sabotage and assassination, one of the more recent accusations of the Jewish State targeting movers and shakers in the Iranian nuclear program was when body of Mojtaba Ahmadi, the commander of Iran’s Cyber War Headquarters, was found unceremoniously dumped in the woods outside of Tehran with initial reports saying he was killed by two bullets to the heart, as reported by Britain’s The Telegraph on Oct. 2, 2013.
To date, the other prime movers in Iran’s nuclear weapons development have also died under mysterious circumstances:
- Ardeshir Hossein-Pour, a key nuclear scientist working on Iran’s uranium conversion program died suddenly in 2007. The official explanation was that he died of “gas suffocation”.
- Massoud Ali Mohammadi, a professor of physics and nuclear energy at Tehran University, was killed when a remote-controlled bomb exploded outside his home in January 2010.
- Majid Shahriari, a key player at the nuclear engineering faculty at the Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran, was killed in 2010 when attackers riding motorcycles attached a bomb to his car window.
- Darioush Rezaei-Nejad, who was studying for a masters degree in electronics, was shot dead in Tehran in the summer of 2011. Reports suggest he was affiliated with Iran’s defense ministry.
- General Hassan Tehrani Moghaddam, the head of Iran’s ballistic missile program, was killed in an explosion at an army base outside Tehran during November of 2011.
- Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan, another scientist assigned to the Natanz uranium enrichment facility, was killed by a bomb attached to his car window in Tehran in early 2011.
Yet one of the more curious attacks against Iran’s nuclear program was the 2012 cyber-hacking of their nuclear program’s computer systems. While it’s doubtful that among Iranian generals and/or nuclear scientists that the Australian band AC/DC has much of a following, someone took it upon themselves to rock Iran, not with explosives, but the melodic strains of Angus Young and friends.
Unidentified computer hackers managed to break into two of Iran’s nuclear sites and programmed AC/DC’s rock anthem “Thunderstruck” to play at random times – at full volume. Hitting various computer workstations, the song in question reportedly played over and over, sometimes in the middle of the night. Those who found their computers infected by the worm weren’t able to either turn off or turn the volume down one “Thunderstruck” started to play, either just once or a number of times.