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Intel Briefing – September 2014

State Department computer crash slows visa, passport applications worldwide. The U.S. State Department announced July 24 that its main computer system for processing visa and passport applications worldwide crashed during the week of July 21 after routine maintenance on the consular database. The system was brought back online but remained at limited capacity while officials [...]

Intel Briefing – August 2014

Butler alumni, current and prospective students warned of data breach. Butler University in Indianapolis informed 163,000 current and past students and employees that their personal and financial information may have been compromised in a hacking incident sometime between November 2013 and May. The university began its investigation after authorities in California arrested an individual in [...]

Intel Briefing – July 2014

Iranian campaign snooped on U.S. officials. iSight Partners researchers released a report stating that attackers from Iran created and ran a sophisticated cyberespionage campaign since at least 2011 targeting government officials, diplomats, U.S. military members, and Washington, D.C. journalists by creating fake online personas as reporters, defense contractors, and politicians. The attackers were allegedly able [...]

Intel Briefing – June 2014

GE Brand Dehumidifiers by Midea recalled for repair due to fire hazard; sold exclusively at Walmart. Midea announced a recall of around 15,500 GE Brand Dehumidifiers due to the potential for a component in the dehumidifiers’ compressors to short circuit, posing a fire hazard. The dehumidifiers were sold exclusively at Walmart stores between March 2010 [...]

Intel Briefing – May 2014

Hackers can unlock Tesla cars by stealing owners’ passwords. A security researcher reported that the password created by Tesla car owners can be easily obtained via brute force attacks due to it only containing six letters and numbers, allowing attackers to track the location of Tesla cars or unlock the door locks remotely. The remote [...]