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Intel Briefing – August 2013

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Recycling firm settles in stolen metal suit.
Sims Group USA Corp. will pay $4.1 million to settle a lawsuit after San Francisco and Contra Costa County accused the company of purchasing stolen metal after employees accepted copper wiring that was clearly stolen. The company did not admit wrongdoing and the judge also ordered Sims to photograph metal sellers, take their fingerprints, and demand identification.

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Criminals hosting child pornography on 227 business websites.
Researchers at the Internet Watch Foundation found that 227 small and medium-sized businesses’ Web sites were hijacked to store child pornography, possibly the first step in a ransomware or blackmail campaign.

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Windows Phones BLAB passwords to hackers, thanks to weak crypto.
Microsoft warned users to take precautions after it was found that the encryption Windows Phones use to transmit domain credentials is cryptographically weak, allowing rogue hotspots to intercept and decrypt the information. Microsoft advised IT departments to distribute a special root certificate that allows the phones to confirm that they are connecting to a genuine access point before transmission.

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Airlines, airports hit by reservation system outage.
Sabre, a travel technology company, suffered a major outage August 5 for over 2 hours, impacting 400 airlines and 100 airports nationwide. Several national and international flights experienced delays because of a problem with a computer system they use for services such as reservations, check-ins, and online booking.

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Florence pair charged with stealing batteries from 16 substations.
Authorities arrested two individuals and charged them in connection with stealing lead-acid batteries from 16 separate South Carolina utility transmission units between May 4 and July 25. Officials are continuing to investigate and believe additional arrests are likely.

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