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Intel Briefing – December 2012


IRS warns of sophisticated phishing scheme using fake IRS website.
A sophisticated phishing scheme that uses an official-looking but fake Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Web site has been netting victims, the IRS said November 1. The scam uses a Web site that mimics the IRS e-Services registration page to collect personal information. The official page provides products for tax preparers, not the general public. ―The phony Web page looks almost identical to the real one,‖ the IRS said in a prepared statement. ―Criminals use these sites to lure people into providing personal and financial information that may be used to steal the victim’s money or identity.‖

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Solar panels no savior in a blackout.
Some of the roughly 6 million power customers in the northeast without electricity in Hurricane Sandy’s wake may be glancing around at a handful of homes with solar panels on their rooftops, thinking their clean-powered neighbors might have juice. However, most residential solar panels are connected to the power grid, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association, and when the grid goes down, so do they. One reason the grid- connected solar systems shut down automatically in outages is that when the power goes off, if home solar installations send electricity onto the lines, it could electrocute workers repairing them. In the U.S., it is also rare for residential solar customers to have batteries in their home to store the power coming off their roofs in case of a broader outage.

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One in seven North American home networks full of malware.
One in seven home networks in North America are infected with malware, a recent study reveals. Half the threats detected during the third quarter of 2012 were made up of spam-distributing zombies or banking trojans, while the remainder were mostly adware and other lesser threats, according to the study by Kindsight Security Labs. The study was based on data gathered from the security firm’s service provider customers. Consumers most commonly get infected with malware after visiting Web sites contaminated with exploit kits via drive-by attacks. Kindsight names the ZeroAccess botnet as among the worst menaces to Internet safety.

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Portable generators recalled by Champion Power Equipment due to fire hazard; Sold exclusively at Costco.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Champion Power Equipment, November 2 announced a voluntary recall of about 8,600 portable generators. Fuel can leak from the generator’s carburetor, posing a fire hazard. There were 11 reports of fuel leaking from the generators, including 8 reports of the generators catching fire, and 2 of property damage. The generators were sold exclusively at Costco Wholesale stores nationwide from December 2011 through July 2012. Consumers were told to stop using the recalled generators immediately and contact Champion Power Equipment for a free repair kit to be installed by an authorized dealer. Consumers could also return the unit to Costco for a full refund.

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