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Energy Department IG Pushes for Cost-Saving Moves at National Labs 0

Energy Department IG Pushes for Cost-Saving Moves at National Labs

“The Energy Department's top auditor this month said the Obama administration should look to shrink, close or take other steps to reduce costs at the 16 DOE national laboratories, the Center for Public Integrity reported on Wednesday. No particular facility became a target for potential shutdown in the advice issued by DOE Inspector General Gregory Friedman

Sandy Showed Nuclear Plants Vulnerability to Weather, Sabotage 0

Sandy Showed Nuclear Plants Vulnerability to Weather, Sabotage

“The danger Hurricane Sandy posed to nuclear power plants along the East Coast highlights some of the same vulnerabilities that terrorists looking to release harmful radiation into the environment could exploit, watchdog groups said this week. The unprecedented storm posed two main challenges to atomic energy facilities: rising water levels and interruptions to the electricity grid.

WikiLeaks Declared 'Enemy' In US Military Documents, Australian Newspaper Reports 0

WikiLeaks Declared 'Enemy' In US Military Documents, Australian Newspaper Reports

“The United States has declared WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange to be an “enemy,” an Australian newspaper reported Wednesday. The Sydney Morning Herald, which has been reporting for months on behind-the-scenes government communications about Assange, wrote that declassified Air Force documents showed that military employees found to have been in contact with WikiLeaks personnel could be charged with “communicating with the enemy.”The maximum punishment for communicating with the enemy is death.

Australia follows UK, US, enters into new era of suspicion 0

Australia follows UK, US, enters into new era of suspicion

“Under the Cybercrime Legislation Amendment Bill 2011 passed in the Australian Parliament this week, new laws enable the law enforcement authority in Australia to compel Internet Service Providers and Telecommunication Carriers to “collect, monitor and retain” internet records of users. While laws allowing more serious incursion into privacy have been postponed passage until after next year's election, civil activists questioned the haste to pass legislation before public and parliamentary debate and commented that the bill's passage “reflects an international trend towards the enactment of harmonised laws to the detriment of national sovereignty.”…”

VirusTotal += Behavioural Information 0

VirusTotal += Behavioural Information

“There has already been some Twitter buzz around this even though we have not announced it publicly yet, indeed, some of you have already noticed it:We have introduced behavioural information in our reports. The idea behind this is that the samples submitted to VirusTotal get executed automatically in a controlled (sandboxed) environment and the actions performed are recorded in order to give the analyst a high level overview of what the sample is doing.

U.K. to Mull Case for Plutonium Power Reactor 0

U.K. to Mull Case for Plutonium Power Reactor

“The United Kingdom is set to evaluate an atomic firm's 1,000-page defense of a potential power reactor as a financially and technologically workable means of consuming roughly 100 metric tons of unwanted plutonium that is considered a threat, the London Guardian reported on Monday (see GSN, Jan. 25). GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy on Monday provided the assessment of its “Prism” system to the British Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, which previously determined the recommended sodium-cooled fast reactor would remain unviable from a business perspective for a number of decades.

China to Lead Powers' Effort to Define "Nuclear Terms," U.S. Official Says 0

China to Lead Powers' Effort to Define "Nuclear Terms," U.S. Official Says

“A senior U.S. State Department official on Monday highlighted China's role in heading up an effort by the five nuclear powers to establish accepted definitions for nuclear terms that could make it easier to understand Beijing's nuclear arms strategy and lay the groundwork for future arms control talks (see GSN, July 2). China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States agreed to pursue the effort during a meeting in Washington last month on implementation of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty