While Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad boasted last week that another 1,000 uranium enrichment centrifuges had gone on line, the cyberwar attempt to scuttle Iran’s quest for a nuclear bomb continues with a new computer worm causing havoc.
An Iranian nuclear scientist has reportedly sent e-mails complaining that computers at the Natanz and Fordo nuclear plants began playing the AC/DC song “Thunderstruck” at full volume during the middle of the night.
The scientist’s e-mail to Mikko Hypponen, a Finnish computer security expert, complained also that computer hackers attacked and shutdown the automation network and Siemens hardware, according to The Times of Israel.
Hypponen wrote a blog last Wednesday in which he disclosed receiving these e-mails. One of the e-mails, he said, stated: “I am writing to inform you that our nuclear program has once again been compromised and attacked by a new worm with exploits which have shut down our automation network at Natanz and another facility Fordo near Qom.”
Hypponen blogged that he didn’t know what to make of the e-mails or even be certain that such things had occurred, but he said he was able to confirm the e-mails came from inside the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran.
And it is also clear that these cyber attacks are having an impact on Iran’s nuclear efforts. Ali Hakim Javadi, the head of Iran’s Information Technology and Communications Organization, last week urged the United States to condemn “high-cost viruses” like Stuxnet and Flame that have infected Iran’s nuclear computers. Both the U.S. and Israel are reportedly the creators of those programs but neither has acknowledged it.
A recent prank on an Egyptian television station that was recorded and posted on the Internet last week illustrated the depth of hatred some Egyptians have for Jews.
The prank involved fooling Egyptian actors into believing the interview they were sitting for was being aired on Israel television. They appeared shocked when they heard that, saying they had been told it would be an interview for German television.
One actor became so enraged that he attacked the female interviewer he believed was Israeli, slapping her so hard she fell to the ground. He then picked up and threw chairs before being told it was all a prank. Another actor put the male interviewer he believed was Israeli into a bear hug and kept pulling his hair until stagehands ran onto the set telling him it was all a prank.
A female actress engaged in an anti-Semitic diatribe before being told she was on Israel television. She said: “In that country [Israel] they are all liars. They keep whining all the time about the Holocaust, or whatever it’s called.”
Once she was told she was speaking on Israel television, she looked horrified and refused to continue with the interview.
All of this happened on Egypt’s Al-Nahar channel and it was recorded and distributed by the Washington-based Middle East Media Research Institute.
For those wondering about the venomous reaction of these guests, just remember what they and Palestinians are being taught in their schools about Jews. Margie Wilson-Mars wrote an item back in November of last year that is still making its way onto different sites because of its insight into the indoctrination Palestinian children are receiving about Israelis, whom they call Zionists.
She quoted a Palestinian child graduating from kindergarten as saying: “I love the resistance and the martyrs and Palestine, and I want to blow myself up on Zionists and kill them on a bus in a suicide bombing.”
Wilson-Mars writes that it is “hard to comprehend anyone saying such a thing, but hearing [it] from a 5 or 6-year-old child is heartbreaking. Yet everyday in Gaza, children are taught that killing Jewish people is noble and honorable.”
She said the graduation ceremony included the chanting of anti-Israel slogans, and a boy dressed as an Israeli soldier pretending to torture a Palestinian prisoner by dunking his head in a bucket of water.
“What hope is there for any type of resolution when adults are teaching these things to children?” Wilson-Mars asked. “It’s incredible what human beings teach in the name of religion! What’s even more incredible is that this is an annual event.”
And in East Jerusalem, even the anti-smoking campaign had an anti-Israel message: “Jerusalem doesn’t need men who hold cigarettes. It needs men who hold machine guns, not cigarettes.”
We haven’t yet seen how Palestinian television covered the suicide bus bombing in Bulgaria that killed five Israeli tourists and the Muslim bus driver earlier this month, but another video from Palestinian TV shows how they glorified Palestinian terrorists who over the years have killed more than 100 Israeli civilians. It opens with a speech by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas calling for the release of all Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails and his vow: “We will not rest until all are freed and the prisons are emptied.”
The video posted by Palestinian Media Watch then shows pictures of seven terrorists, many of whom were sentenced to life in prison for murder.
It bears watching and wondering why our tax dollars continue to support the Palestinian Authority when they broadcast such programs.