News 12 at 6 o'clock / Thursday, September 29, 2011
SAVANNAH RIVER SITE, S.C. -- Dozens of workers, dignitaries, and guests gather in the shadow cast by a concrete mountain. It blossoms like an Aztec pyramid from its green surroundings.
"No, we weren't worshipping some weird gods with what we've got constructed, but I do have to ask that question—what will people think a thousand years from now?" joked Dr. David Moody, the DOE-SR manager.
They'll be looking at the remains of the P & R Reactor Area. It was built by workers like John Barrineau in the fifties; it helped the United States win the Cold War.
"I saw this thing from the start to all the reactors in operation," said Barrineau.
His son carried on his legacy, but his mission with the reactor was very different. He helped shut it down.
"We've protected all the upper structures and all of that stuff with reinforced concrete and basically closed it up so it's almost just one big chunk of concrete today," said Kenny Barrineau.
Today, he saw that historic reactor officially close. But Dr. Moody, the Department of Energy Site Manager for Savannah River Site, says the ceremony is also about honoring the federal stimulus dollars and workers that made the project possible.
"The Recovery Act funds that came into this site accomplished tremendous work with tremendous efficiency," he said.
But now, with almost all of that stimulus money dried up, his focus is on the future. Their plan for the site is called Enterprise SRS.
Within the new plan are a number of projects and goals he believes will serve as a new chapter for SRS—even as they close a chapter today.
"It truly is a site vision for the future. We all own it. It's not one person's vision. It's not my vision. It's our vision," he said.
Despite the closure, the site still processes and supplies tritium, a vital component of nuclear weapons.
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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.