News 12 at 6 o'clock / Wednesday, March 30, 2011
SAVANNAH RIVER SITE---This morning, before the rain came, a team of scientists from Savannah River Site brought only News 12 along as they took an air sample. They weren't monitoring pollen or air pollution but rather radiation all the way from Japan's Fukushima reactor. Today's results aren't public yet, but recent samples show radiation is being detected.
"This was really kind of expected, because we anticipated that we would see very low levels of radioactivity from the incident that happened at the Fukushima Plant," said Thom Berry, a spokesman for the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.
He says monitors around the country have noticed a rise in Iodine 131, the radioisotope produced by nuclear fission.
"Is it a concern? Is it a problem for the public? No. Not at the levels we are seeing," he told News 12.
How low are the levels? They're about 0.1 millirem. What does that mean?
"Every year we get about 650 millirems of radiation just from life itself," said Berry.
"I'm totally not worried," said Dr. Darko Pucar, a radiologist at MCG Health.
He says the X-rays at his hospital give off much more radiation than what is being measured at SRS right now.
"It would be probably 1,000 or even 10,000 times more than that level of radiation," he said.
Back in Columbia, Berry says the tests going on now are about staying informed and being prepared. They've just been testing the air for now, but they do have the ability to test local waterways. Berry says the public seems to be scared right now, but they have no need to be.
"I've had people who have called my office to ask me, 'Do I need to take potassium iodine? Do I need to go try to find some masks?'" he told News 12.
Berry says rather than buying a mask or other materials, it would be smarter to send money to help relief efforts in Japan.
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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.