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Intel Briefing – September 2012

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GM recalls over 38,000 police Impalas in North America.
General Motors Co (GM) is recalling more than 38,000 Chevrolet Impala police cars in North America because the lower front control arms could fracture, increasing the risk of crash. The recall, which does not affect non-police versions of the Impala, covers 36,413 cars in the United States and 1,713 in Canada, according to GM and documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). It covers cars from the 2008 to 2012 model years. GM said there have been no reports of accidents or injuries related to the issue. A fracture of the control arms, which support a vehicle‘s wheels, could lead to loss of control, according to NHTSA documents. Should a fracture occur, some tire squeal‖ or ―chirping‖ may be heard when turning at low speeds. The problem was discovered after GM received several reports from two police fleets of front lower control arms that fractured.

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Bogus ‘MS Cyber-Crime Department’ warnings lead to phishing.
Emails purportedly sent by the Microsoft Cyber-Crime Department warning all Internet users their email account may be deleted from the ―world email server‖ has been hitting inboxes around the world. The phishers used the official logo of the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit to lend the email an aura of legitimacy. Following the embedded email will take the victims to a page where they are asked to supply their email address, username, and password. The inputted information is sent directly to the phishers.

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Groupon email scam gives victims more than they bargained for.
Commtouch detected a series of recent attacks that contain emails promising great Groupon ―deals,‖ but deliver malware instead. The attacks rely on malware attached to the emails that purportedly come from ―friends‖ who want to share great deals, explained the director of product marketing at Commtouch. The scams are also using LinkedIn ―friends.‖ The Commtouch director explained these attacks are different from the blended attacks, which mix email and Web links to spread malware, since they use attached malware rather than links to drive-by malware.

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EPA: No vinyl chloride found in Sauk Village water.
The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said vinyl chloride is no longer being detected in Sauk Village public drinking water supplies so local officials will not be required to provide free bottled water to residents. The agency said August 14 that air stripping equipment installed to remove the contamination appears to be working. Still, it is not a permanent solution to water-quality issues. The Illinois Health Department said the health risks from exposure to the town’s water are now essentially nonexistent, though the EPA will continue frequent analysis.

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