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Intel Briefing – February 2013

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Phone hacking ring targeting New York businesses possibly linked to Al Qaeda.
A U.S. Senator announced that a group with a possible al-Qa’ida affiliation was behind a phone hacking scheme that resulted in New York businesses paying hundreds of thousands of dollars for long-distance phone calls the group was making overseas. A vulnerability in voicemail allowed hackers to break in and utilize their systems without the companies’ knowledge.

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FAA orders review of all Boeing 787 Dreamliners.
The Federal Aviation Administration required a safety review of all Boeing 787 Dreamliners after a series of safety incidents. The notice includes a review of systems, assembly, manufacture, and design of the airliners.

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Cybersleuths uncover 5-year spy operation targeting governments, others.
Kaspersky Lab researchers uncovered a sophisticated, long-running cyber espionage campaign targeting governments, energy companies, embassies, and aerospace companies dubbed ‘Red October.’ The malware used is customized to individual targets, uses a complex command and control system, and utilizes spear phishing attacks to infect victims.

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Lettuce for KFC and Taco Bell in Canada recalled.
FreshPoint in Toronto recalled its Flashpoint lettuce products distributed to KFC and Taco Bell in Canada, after testing attributed the products to an outbreak involving some 26 instances of contamination from E. coli O1567:H7.

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EPA proposes plan for cleaning up Gowanus Canal; Multi-million dollar cleanup to revitalize polluted Brooklyn waterway.
A $467 to $504 million cleanup plan was announced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency December 27 to remove contaminated sediment and cap dredged areas in the Gowanus Canal in New York City. The plan also included measures to prevent raw sewage along with other land-based contaminates from entering the canal.

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Keyless car entry blocked by pirate radio station broadcasted from Hollywood bank roof.
For several months, numerous individuals were unable to access their keyless car entry systems when their cars were parked near the Hollywood, Florida police station, due to an illegal pirate radio station being broadcast from the rooftop of a Hollywood bank that was blocking signals. Authorities found and confiscated the equipment but are still searching for the person who set up the illegal station.

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