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Intel Briefing – August 2013

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Water valve failure causes drops, spikes.
The Juneau Emergency Management office in Wisconsin reported a series of five water main breaks throughout the city July 1 were due to a service valve failure which has since been fixed.

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Police chief ‘appalled’ by Detroit emergency radio failure; MSP system in use as backup.
Crews worked to restore Detroit’s emergency dispatch system while it was still running off of Michigan’s communication towers as a backup, after the system failed July 5. The city’s own backup system did not operate when the emergency dispatch system went down and officials are investigating the incident.

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New service allows fraudsters to instantly generate scans of fake documents.
A researcher discovered a service on a Russian underweb market that allows cybercriminals to generate fake passports, ID cards, utility bills, and credit cards for use in fraudulent activities.

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We interrupt this program to warn the Emergency Alert System is hackable.
Security researchers warned the U.S. Emergency Alert System is vulnerable to attacks allowing hackers to remotely disseminate fake reports and tamper with gear. A recent firmware update for DASDEC systems included a private key that can give criminals the ability to disrupt stations and transmit false messages to the general public covering large geographical areas.

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