News 12 First at Five / Friday, Oct. 4, 2013
AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW) -- At her home decor and fabric store in South Aiken, Katy Lipscomb is worried.
"Well, I love what I do every day. I'm just not sure I love the environment I do it in anymore," says the proprietor of Material Things. "When I see the newspaper headlines that say 'Furloughed' or 'Lay-offs' or whatever, my mother calls me. I'm like, 'I know, Mom. I know.'"
On Thursday, the Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management announced 1,400 SRR workers are furloughed until further notice.
"A furlough is an involuntary unpaid leave of absence for full service employees in full work week increments or reduced work schedules," the DOE-EM release read. "About 360 employees will remain to maintain facilities in a safe, non-operating mode."
Lipscomb's business is bracing for what could be a very trying time. As the federal government remain shut down, thousands more could be furloughed at Savannah River Site too.
"Just the whole cumulative effect. It definitely affects business," she says.
"We have a huge dependency on federally funded jobs in the CSRA," adds Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce President J. David Jameson.
Jameson admits that he's concerned too. Savanna River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS), the largest contractor on site, has yet to make a furlough announcement.
"Of what was announced [Thursday] is a half-a-million-dollars a day economic impact to the CSRA," says Jameson.
In a community dominated by small businesses, Jameson says that number, which will likely grow even greater, could be brutal.
"Yes, it's affecting me. It's been affecting me," says Lipscomb, who says she definitely has no plans to hire.
Lipscomb doesn't know what the impact will be, but she's hoping a fix will come.
"It's just a confidence level thing. You know, it's just another instance of the confidence level going down. How low can the confidence go down before you just say uncle," she says.
Again, besides SRR, the other five SRS contractors have yet to make furlough announcements.
A recent Washington Post graph lists the Aiken/Augusta area as number eight on a list of metro areas throughout the country with the most military and federal workers. They account for 9.1% of all workers.
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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.