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Japanese PM slams TEPCO for nuke crisis
Tokyo, Mar 15 (IANS):
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Published on 16 Mar. 2011 2:56 AM IST
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Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan Tuesday slammed Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) for its improper handling of the quake-stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant at which two explosions led to leaking of radioactive substances into the atmosphere.
According to Kyodo news agency, one of its reporters overheard Kan saying to the company’s executives at TEPCO’s head office, “what the hell is going on?”, Xinhuareported. Kan’s angry remarks came as local TV was reporting an explosion to the public at the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant which led to radiation leaking into the atmosphere and being detected in the country’s capital.
Sources well versed with the matter said the prime minister was livid that he was receiving his news at the same time and in the same manner as the rest of the nation.
The Japanese prime minister has asked TEPCO not to withdraw its workers from the faltering power plant, saying that in the event of a withdrawal he was “100 percent sure the company would collapse”. Kan’s remarks came after, following the second explosion Tuesday TEPCO pulled out 750 workers, leaving just 50 to deal with cooling the overheating reactors.
Fukushima Govorner Yuhei Sato called up Naoto and told him that “the fears and anger of residents in the prefecture are reaching the limit,” said a statement by a local government official to the press Tuesday. Residents in Japan as well as the government are dissatisfied with TEPCO’s shoddy and tardy release of vital information on the failing plant’s status. Yuhei insisted the central government to do more to end the nuclear crisis and said that TEPCO should “provide accurate information much earlier to the central government”. To improve communication, the government and TEPCO Tuesday launched a joint crisis headquarters to deal with the situation at the Fukushima power plant. Authorities in Tokyo, meanwhile, reported that radiation levels spiked in the nation’s capital and its vicinity, following the two explosions at the plant. It caused a panicked public to empty the shelves of supermarkets, home supply and convenience stores. Enforced power outages Tuesday evening are expected to throw the greater Tokyo area into wider disarray .
CAUTION! Cyber mafia exploits Japan disaster
Japan has witnessed its worst tragedy till date. As the world sets out to help the massive quake and subsequent tsunami-ravaged victims and their families, there are already some frauds online who are trying to make the best of the situation. As the death and injury toll rises with each passing day (with some reports claiming the death toll might cross the 10,000 mark), there are some malicious people who want to exploit such situations, under the guise of charitable institutions and governmental organisations. Emails marked ‘URGENT,’ requesting for help by appealing to the humanity in every internet user, or urging consumers around the world to offer donations to those affected, are doing the rounds.
Security software giant Symantec has detected more than 50 domains with the names of either ‘Japan tsunami’ or ‘Japan earthquake’ within the first few hours of this unfortunate event. These domains are either parked, available for sale, or are linked to earthquake sites. Don’t be surprised if you see these domains being used in phishing and spam attacks.
Below are a few of the samples: 3-11-2011-.com, 3-11.com, earthquake.com, earthquaketsunami.com, earthquakerelief.com
It has also observed a classic 419 message targeting the Japanese disaster. The message is a bogus ‘next of kin’ story that purports to settle millions of dollars owing to an earthquake and tsunami victim. Previously, when such disasters occurred, it was observed a sudden surge in virus attacks in the form of nasty attachments and .zip files embedded in spam sent from such predatory attackers.

Do not open them, especially if you don’t know the source. Use caution when opening forwarded messages related to the Japan earthquake and tsunami, and any other tragedy or event that stirs international news coverage, legitimate and otherwise.
Nefarious attackers may be sending malicious Java scripts and other threats that could compromise both your personal data and your computer.
Other methods that the cyber mafia uses during such events include search engine poisoning. With several internet users searching for earthquake-related news and information online, cyber criminals can poison search results for malicious websites to appear at the top of the results.
Users who click on these links assuming that the information will help them make sense of the tragedy, may end up downloading malware instead.

 
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