News 12 First at Five / Thursday, April 4, 2013
AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW) -- The talk of Savannah River Site furloughs is now reality, and some downtown Aiken businesses are worried.
"What we've heard from our customers is that they may have to cut back a little bit. I think they're still going to shop, but they may not shop as much,” said Danny Minolfo, manager of Lionel Smith, Ltd.
As 2,500 SRS workers are reduced from 40-hour to 32-hour workweeks, Minolfo, who sells fine men’s clothes, is already planning inventory changes.
"Maybe bring in a little less,” he said. “Maybe a bigger selection but, maybe, less of it."
J. David Jameson, president of the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce, sent a letter out to chamber members last week, which warned them on the furloughs’ overall impact.
"A lot of time people hear, 'Oh, somebody's going to move from 40 hours to 32 hours. That's pretty bad.' But they don't think. That's 20 percent of that person's salary multiplied times 2,500 people, and it begins to add up,” he told News 12.
Jameson is doing the math. He estimates the community will lose $15 million over the next two months. He says if there’s no fix soon, thing could get even worse.
"Well, what I said to our members is that when SRS has a cold, the surrounding community's have pneumonia, and I believe that to be true."
But what's the problem?
For one, Jameson says the site is facing a budget shortfall. On top of that, the sequester is bearing down, too.
"Headquarters has been asked for months to do the proper reprogramming to get the budget straightened out for Savannah River Site, and it has failed to act,” Jameson said.
Now, Congressman Joe Wilson, R-S.C., has sent another letter to the Department of Energy asking for the same thing: a quick fix to the furloughs and shortfall.
"There are funds that can be, through reprogramming, shifted around,” he told News 12.
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Kaspersky Lab warns users about the emergence online of a new version of the Gpcode ransomware program.
The program spreads via malicious websites and P2P networks.
Kaspersky Lab products detect the program as Trojan-Ransom.Win32.Gpcode.ax.
You can read more on our blog.
Kaspersky Lab is monitoring a new email worm which is currently spreading. Emails spreading the worm say “Here you have” in the subject line.
We detect the worm as Email-Worm.Win32.VBMania.
While the servers hosting related downloads have been taken down, we are keeping customers updated and protected against any new variants.
Net-Worm.Win32.Kido exploits a critical vulnerability (MS08-067) in Microsoft Windows to spread via local networks and removable storage media.
The worm disables system restore, blocks access to security websites, and downloads additional malware to infected machines.
Users are strongly recommended to ensure their antivirus databases are up to date. A patch for the vulnerability is available from Microsoft.
The new Gpcode variant encrypts files with extensions DOC, TXT, PDF, XLS, JPG, PNG, CPP, H etc. on hard drives using an RSA algorithm with a 1024-bit key.
After encrypting files, the virus leaves a text file in the folder next to the encrypted files with following message:
Currently, we detect the new variant, but we are unable to crack the 1024-bit key. Our analysts are continuing to work on both the key and the virus to resolve this issue.
Kaspersky Lab recommends that all Internet users enable maximum protection from malicious code and network attacks on their computers, refrain from executing suspicious programs received from untrustworthy sources and back up any important information on their computers.
Detection of Virus.Win32.Gpcode.ak was added to Kaspersky Anti-Virus signature databases yesterday, on June 4th, at 15:39 GMT. Please make sure to update if you haven’t already.
If you have fallen victim to Gpcode.ak, try to contact us using another computer connected to the Internet. DO NOT RESTART or POWER DOWN the potentially infected machine. Contact us by email firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us the exact date and time of infection, as well everything you did on the computer in the 5 minutes before the machine was infected: which programs you have executed, which websites you have visited, etc. We'll try and help you recover any data that has been encrypted.
For more information about the malicious program, please read our weblog.
A few hours before this point, there was a noticeable increase in mail traffic of an earlier modification of Warezov - Warezov.do which featured in the October 2006 Top 20.
If you are using Kaspersky Anti-Virus 6.0 or Kaspersky Internet Security 6.0 with Proactive Protection turned on, new variants will be detected without the need to update your antivirus databases.
A full description of Email-Worm.Win32.Warezov.nf is now available in the Virus Encyclopaedia.