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Rolling Stones set for Glastonbury, cyber-attack slows internet, and Louvre tops museum list – The news in world records

 
 
 
 
 
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Record-breakers in the news today

Following months of speculation, it’s been confirmed that the Rolling Stones will headline the UK's Glastonbury music festival in June

The veteran rock band will play the world famous event alongside co-headliners Mumford & Sons and Arctic Monkeys.

Acts that play the festival traditionally do so for a reduced fee, which shouldn’t be a problem for the Stones, who hold the record for wealthiest band.

In 2010 lead singer Mick Jagger had an estimated fortune of $313 million (then approx. £202 million), followed by guitarist Keith Richards with $289 million (then approx £187 million).

The Louvre in Paris has topped a list of the most visited art museums of 2012.

According to Art Newspaper's annual survey, 9.7 million people visited the French institute - one million more than 2011.

The Louvre beat New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art into second place in the list.

The highest known insurance valuation for a painting is $100million (£53.55 million) assessed for the move of The Mona Lisa (La Gioconda) by Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519, Italy) from the Louvre, to Washington and then New York City in the USA for a special exhibition between 14 December 1962 to 12 Mar 1963.

However, insurance was not concluded because the cost of the highest security precautions was less than that of the premiums.

Internet users around the world have seen their internet service slowed down following one of the largest cyber-attacks in history.

The massive denial-of-service assault has targeted The Spamhaus Project, a spam-fighting group based in London and Geneva that has gone after CyberBunker, a data-storage company that offers to host any content "except child porn and anything related to terrorism."

The first computer worm to target industrial systems was the stuxnet worm was discovered in July 2010.

Spreading from PC to PC via a USB stick, it searches for and targets small computers called programmable logic controllers (PLCs), which are used to control industrial processes. By using default password settings, stuxnet was able to access poorly configured industrial systems and disrupt their settings and operations.

Sixty per cent of the computers infected were in Iran.

Iran accused the West of creating stuxnet and using it to attack its nuclear facilities and claimed centrifuges used in nuclear enrichment had been disrupted as part of a cyber attack.

Search giant Google has added images of a Japanese ghost town abandoned after the Fukushima nuclear disaster to its Street View and Google Maps services.

The city of Namie-machi was completely evacuated in March 2011 following the Fukushima nuclear plant's infrastructure was damaged during an earthquake, leaking radioactive material into the surrounding area.

The Fukushima catastrophe holds the record for worst tsunami-induced nuclear disaster.

The undersea megathrust earthquake which struck off the coast of Japan causing the huge waves measured a magnitude of 9.0, leading to a series of meltdowns, failures and releases of radioactive material at the Fukushima 1 Nuclear Power Plant.

International Atomic Energy Agency classified the event as a "Level 7", only the second nuclear disaster to ever receive this status, following the Chernobyl disaster of 1986.

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