Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Facebook/Text Message Health Warning Reality: June 05 as Heaviest Sunny Day Causing Skin and Eye Diseases

I received a health warning text message on my cellphone yesterday (Monday, June 04) from one of my close friends, terming June 05 (Tuesday) as the ‘Heaviest Sunny Day on Earth’, which can cause skin and eye diseases. The same kind of messages are spreading also on Facebook and other social networks.

Facebook/Text Message Health Warning Reality: June 05 as Heaviest Sunny Day Causing Skin and Eye Diseases

The message reads like below:

Save your family and yourself 5th June 2012…the worldz heaviest sunny day on earth..please be careful with eyes and skin disease. Aware other and save lives. The Civil Defence has given notice that within the next few weeks temperature will go up to as high as 50 degree Celsius.

All employees who drive, whether company vehicle or company owned vehicles, are advised NOT to fill their gasoline tank to maximum. The high temperature can overheat your gasoline tank. This memo serves only as a reminder and precaution for everyone. Please take care and inform your friends and family.

Many people have started receiving the text messages about so-called –heaviest sunny day and they kept on forwarding such messages without confirming the authenticity of the source.

The message is totally baseless in terms of warnings associated with the excessive hot temperature like skin, eye disease and overheating the gasoline tank.

After a thorough research and search it was found that such warnings, whether spreading through text messages or as Facebook posting, don’t bear any credibility and the same has been concluded by Director General Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) Arif Mahmood.

He termed the assumption of Heaviest Sunny Day on June 5 (Tuesday) as a rumor and asked citizens not to fear of going outside their homes.

According to APP report quoting DG MET, “Assumption of June 5 as a Heaviest Sunny Day on Earth is not scientifically proved and it is not necessary that temperature rise on this specific day. Temperature can rise any day during the month of June, July and August”.
DG MET Arif Mehmood further told that there is no doubt about the present June days being the longest hot days of summer but a sudden rise in temperature reaching 50 degree Celsius can neither be calculated nor predicted.

Report Tags: June 05, Heaviest Sunny Day, Heaviest Sunny Day Warning, Health Warning, Health Warning Hoax, Pakistan Meteorological Department, Eye disease, Skin Cancer, Fake health Warning, Arif Mehmood,



Saturday, June 2, 2012

Stuxnet-led cyberwar against Iran's nuclear program started by U.S. and Israel

The cyber-attack against Iran’s nuclear program, discovered in 2012 and known as Stuxnet, was originated from U.S., current and former U.S. officials confirmed on Friday after a New York Times report. 

Stuxnet-led cyberwar against Iran's nuclear program started by U.S. and Israel
The cyber-attack destroyed nearly 1,000 of Iran's 6,000 centrifuges, fast-spinning machines that enrich uranium. The National Security Agency (NSA) developed the Stuxnet virus with the assistance of Israeli experts.

According to details; a secret cyber-war, instead of launching a traditional military attack, against Iran's nuclear program was started with the collaboration of U.S. and Israeli experts after the orders of U.S. President Barack Obama and the step was taken to slow down Iran's evident progress toward building nuclear weapons without launching a traditional military attack, U.S. officials revealed on the condition of anonymity.

The Stuxnet virus was developed initially during the George W. Bush administration, under the code name as Olympic Games, and was aimed toward damaging Iran's nuclear potential slowly while generating perplexity among Iranian scientists about the cause of disasters at a nuclear plant.

The use of the cyber-weapon, malware designed to penetrate and harm computer systems, was supposed to force the Iranians assume that their nuclear scientists were incompetent of running uranium enrichment facility, the officials said further.

"The idea was to string it out as long as possible," one participant said. "If you had wholesale destruction right away, then they generally can figure out what happened, and it doesn't look like incompetence."

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Report Tags: Stuxnet, Iran’s Nuclear Program, National Security Agency, Barack Obama, Cyberwar against Iran, Cyber-attack on Iran,


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