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Intel Briefing – November 2013

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Phone numbers harvested from Craigslist used in SMS scam.
Symantec researchers identified a scam campaign targeting individuals who have posted ads on Craigslist that appears to be using automated harvesting tools to collect phone numbers in posts and then send SMS messages to the numbers which attempt to get targets to access a link on their PC. The link then takes the user to a fake version of GIMP that installs several additional pieces of software used by scammers to generate money via affiliate programs.

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US: ATF misplaced 420 million cigarettes in stings.
The U.S. Department of Justice’s inspector general announced September 25 that agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives acted without authorization and conducted several undercover investigations of illegal tobacco sales, lost track of at least 420 million cigarettes, and misused some of the $162 million in profits from the investigations. The inspector general recommended stricter guidelines for documenting, tracking, and reviewing proceeds from the bureau’s undercover tobacco stings.

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Hundreds of patients’ medical records found in trash.
The Port Orange Police Department is actively investigating after hundreds of medical records containing patient’s Social Security numbers were found in a dumpster behind a retail store. The records contained the address of a deceased Ormond Beach chiropractor.

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Toyota recalls 615,000 Sienna minivans to fix roll-away problem.
Toyota announced September 26 that it will recall 615,000 model year 2004-2005 and 2007-2009 Sienna vehicles due to an issue with the shift lever assembly that could allow the vehicle to move out of park without the driver depressing the brake pedal.

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