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Intel Briefing – January 2014

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Bond set at $25,000 for Chicago cop charged in mortgage-fraud scheme.
A Chicago Police officer was charged in a mortgage-fraud scheme that netted close to $750,000 due to his alleged role in plotting to falsify mortgage applications during his former employment as a loan processor and originator. A co-conspirator filled out loan applications containing false information and passed them along to the officer for submission.

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DA: More charges for accused LIRR scammers.
The Nassau County District Attorney announced upgraded charges against four Romanian nationals arrested and charged with allegedly installing skimming devices on Long Island Railroad ticket machines. A fifth suspect was also charged in the alleged scheme, though he recently fled to the U.K. following the arrests of the other suspects.

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AutoCAD malware paves the way for future attacks.
TrendMicro researchers identified a trojan called Shez that disguises itself as an AutoCAD component in order to create a user account with administrative rights, allowing attackers to steal files and plant additional malware in the future. The trojan is either dropped by other malware or can be downloaded unknowingly from malicious sites.

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Ex-Massachusetts chemist gets 3 to 5 years in tampering case.
A former crime lab chemist from the William A. Hinton State Laboratory in Massachusetts pleaded guilty November 22 to charges that she mishandled evidence affecting possibly thousands of criminal cases by visually identifying alleged drug samples in lieu of performing chemical tests.

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‘High impact’ Gmail password security hole blew accounts wide open.
A security researcher found and reported a security flaw in Gmail that could allow an attacker to use a spoof email with a password reset link to direct users to a site that launches a cross-site request forgery (CSRF) attack, harvesting the user’s username, new password, and login cookie. Google closed the vulnerability after it was notified by the researcher.

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Suspicious package at Daikin plant determined to be pot.
A suspicious package that was found on a rail car at the Daikin facility on Highway 20 in Decatur, originating from Mexico, prompted the evacuation of schools within a 5-mile radius, closure of the Decatur Public Library, and closure of Highway 20 and traffic from Mallard Fox Industrial Park to the Highway 31 river bridge before authorities gave an all-clear after inspecting the package and determining that it contained marijuana November 21.

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