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Intel Briefing – January 2014

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Crown Boiler recalls home heating boilers due to carbon monoxide hazard.
Crown Boiler announced a recall of about 2,200 gas-fired hot water boilers due to the potential for the air pressure switch to fail to shut down the burners in the event of a blockage, emitting hazardous amounts of carbon monoxide.

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Acoustical mesh network used to infect air-gapped computers.
Researchers published a paper demonstrating how acoustic devices such as speakers and microphones can be used to send data between computers that are ‘air-gapped’ and not connected to the Internet or a network.

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Virus takes user’s photo via webcam.
Researchers from Webroot warned that a malware family, made to look like an anti- virus product, disables users’ computers and claims to have detected viruses and demands money to purchase the full version of the product to remove the threats. If the user does not respond, the program takes a picture via webcam and warns the user of the infection and potential theft of personal information.

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Police: Arlington Heights woman stole $600,000 from Allstate.
An Arlington Heights woman and former payment annuity specialist was charged with theft and money laundering after stealing $600,000 from Allstate Insurance Company after an investigation discovered she had diverted returned annuity checks electronically to another account.

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