Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- You know killing someone in real life is not OK, but what if it's pretend? Well, kids do it all the time, and don't think twice when they play violent video games.
After the gun violence at Sandy Hook Elementary left 28 people dead, many are questioning how these games affect the kids that play them.
Video Game Heaven owner Chris Galamb's business is to sell video games, but he says the violent ones are not for kids.
He'll even reward parents who don't buy them because he says he's seen what they can do.
"It's just not right. It's detrimental to those kids because they don't fully understand what those games are," Galamb said.
Real versus fiction and the maturity to know the difference -- that's what it comes down to for Galamb.
When it comes to violent video games, he says they're not for kids.
"I literally will reward a parent with a discount, sometimes just for telling a kid, 'No, you can't buy that game,'" he said.
The shooting, and even execution-style killing, in the games like "Call of Duty: Black Ops" is the reason why.
"Call of Duty" is a game volunteer Bartolo Gonzales likes to play, but he wants to make sure a game like this doesn't get into the hands of a child because he's experienced first hand what video game violence can do.
"A Plantation Acres shooting. My nephew was involved in it. Twelve years old. Shot the boy," Gonzales said.
Gonzales is the uncle of the 12-year-old who accidentally shot and killed 10-year-old Hunter Morris after finding his parent's pistol in the house.
"In the midst of them playing it, they were actually playing 'Call of Duty: Black Ops,'" Gonzales said.
"It really hit me hard. Then and it made me think of my stance on everything. I've always been against children playing these games, but until you really see it firsthand, you don't really feel the impact of it," Galamb said.
Now the two hope they can spread the message of responsible gaming.
"It does break my heart to see a child get a game that they should never own, and I will make sure every time that a parent understands I don't recommend you let him play this," Galamb said.
"I'm hoping and praying every day that parents wake up and realize that their child should not be playing a game like that," Gonzales said.
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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.
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