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Intel Briefing – August 2013

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Payment processing computer systems of smartphone experts hacked.
An online smartphone accessories retailer notified customers of a data breach that gave hackers access to Smartphone Experts’ customer personal information and credit and debit card information. The breach, identified July 12 began April 25, 2012. The information stored on the impacted computer was encrypted, but hackers can still access the decryption feature of the system to access the information.

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Revealed: Simple ‘open sesame’ to unlock your HOME by radiowave.
Researchers identified a vulnerability in the Z-Wave home-automation standard that allowed them to unlock doors and disable sensors controlled by the technology through a flaw in the implementation of the commands sent to the lock from the encrypted network controller using AES128.

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Security gaffe at local jail leads to investigation.
A June 14 incident at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center where an inmate was the target of a knife attack, prompted an internal investigation after surveillance video showed all the computerized, automatic jail doors opening at once.

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U.S. electricity grid ‘highly vulnerable’ to blackouts, report says.
A report issued August 12 by the White House and the U.S. Energy Department stated the U.S. electricity grid is extremely vulnerable to blackouts due to extreme weather events fueled by climate change. The aging of the grid has made the public more susceptible to outages caused by severe weather.

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