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Intel Briefing – March 2013

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Researchers demo building control system hack.
Researchers have demonstrated a way for attackers to control building systems that use the Tridium Niagara Framework used by manufacturers, hospitals, and other industries. Attackers could also potentially use the vulnerability to gain access to corporate networks.

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2 Great Lakes hit lowest water level on record.
Water levels of all five Great Lakes have been recorded well below average but Lakes Michigan and Huron are at their lowest levels ever; each has declined 17 inches
since early January 2012. The lower levels have led to heavy economic losses.

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U.S. halts drilling on Gulf wells with flawed bolts.
U.S. regulators have delayed Chevron Corp., Dutch Shell Plc, and Transocean Ltd, from continuing work on rigs from the Gulf of Mexico to Brazil due to defective bolts. Repairs could last for more than 3 weeks before work can begin again to connect drilling tubes to safety gear and the seafloor.

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Botulism in homemade hooch sickened 12 Arizona inmates last year.
A report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention attributed the botulism outbreak that made 12 Arizona State prisoners ill in August and November 2012 to homemade pruno, and they are working with the State’s Department of Health Services to create preventative measure.

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Corn shortage idles 20 ethanol plants nationwide.
Although industry experts do not forecast a shortage, a drought has led to corn becoming sparse and has forced close to 20 ethanol plants to stop production.
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FDA safety regs faulted for lax oversight.
The Office of Inspector General at the Department of Health and Human Services released a report stating that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is not effectively implementing their Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies provisions, and raising the question on where the authority should lie on managing drug risks.

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Pentagon clears F-35B to resume test flights.
The U.S. Department of Defense cleared the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter to continue test flights February 12 after the planes were grounded for a month due to engine issues. The problem, identified as an improperly crimped fueldraulic line, has since been resolved.

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