News 12 at 11 o'clock / Thursday, March 31, 2011
COLUMBIA, S.C.---South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson fears proposed greenhouse gas regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency.
"The effect they could have could be catastrophic. It could be crushing to an already weak economy," he said.
In fact, he believes that if they're implemented it could impact life here and across the United States.
"That letter was drafted, I signed it along with 20 other states attorneys general--a bipartisan group of attorneys general," he told News 12, referring to a letter that he and a group of attorneys general sent to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson.
"Basically, all the letter asks Ms. Jackson to do is to defer the regulation of greenhouse gases until Congress has had the opportunity to properly vet and debate the issues," Wilson said.
He believes that if the regulations are put into place, a whole new level of bureaucracy will be added to even owning a small business. He says coal plants and paper mills are easy targets for greenhouse gas regulation.
"But you don't think about a Best Buy, or your local school, or your church, or even your home," he added.
The United States Chamber of Commerce predicts that the EPA would be forced to regulate 260,000 office buildings, 71,000 hotels, and 37,000 churches.
"Truly the EPA is acting beyond its bounds," said Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC).
He says the cost of the proposed regulations would be felt in your pocket too. The Congressional Budget Office says it'll cost about $1,400 for a typical middle-class family per year.
"I represent some of the wealthiest people in the world at Hilton Head Island, but 50 miles inland at Allendale, I represent one of the 10 poorest counties in the United States, so an additional 1400-dollar cost would be crippling," Congressman Wilson told News 12.
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The program spreads via malicious websites and P2P networks.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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