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AIKEN, S.C. -- It's called the EXPAND Act which stands for Energy Exploration and Production to Achieve National Demand.
Republican Congressman Jeff Duncan says energy bills in previous years have expanded the role of government in energy production, but he says his bill would turn things over to the free market.
"It is an all-of-the-above comprehensive energy plan, and it is all of the above. It's not all of the above except x, y and z, which is what the president talks about," said Duncan in a phone interview with News 12.
The legislation would also put Yucca Mountain back on the table. It's the nuclear waste repository in Nevada that would've stored nuclear waste piling up at Savannah River Site, Plant Vogtle and other sites across the country. President Obama terminated it when he took office.
"We want to reset and go back to the science to determine what type of site would be best for geological storage," said Secretary of Energy Dr. Steven Chu to News 12 back in February.
News 12 pressed Dr. Chu on the matter, but his answer was to find another site and start all over again. Duncan says that's unfair to this taxpayers and ratepayers who've already put billions into the current project.
"As I understand it, every time you pay your utility bill, even now, a portion of that utility bill is going to the federal government for that fund," Duncan said.
Besides bringing back Yucca, his energy bill would do other things.
"Offshore drilling is there. It approves the Keystone XL pipeline to bring friendly Canadian oil to the United States. Anything you can think of in the energy realm, it's included in this bill," he said.
The bill also calls for clean energy. It mandates Department of Energy site selection for solar, wind and geothermal projects. The bill would also get rid of the ethanol mandate. That mandate started in 2005. It's where renewable fuels had to be mixed with our oil supply.
The bill also removes tax credits for energy start-ups, so we asked Duncan if that means there shouldn't be loan guarantees for large nuclear projects like the two new reactors at Plant Vogtle. He says loan guarantees are necessary in the nuclear industry and that he's 100 percent pro-nuclear.
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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 email@example.com 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.