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Intel Briefing – March 2014

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6 utilities, grid operators cited for violations in 2011 southern California blackout.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission told 6 utilities and grid operators that they violated reliability standards during a September 2011 blackout caused by a failed maintenance procedure at an Arizona Public Service transmission switch yard near Yuma that knocked out power to 2.7 million homes and businesses in Arizona, southern California, and Mexico. The preliminary findings could lead to penalties or requirements to upgrade systems.

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Insecure file sharing puts corporate data at risk.
Globalscape released the results of a survey of over 500 corporate professionals and found that in the past 12 months, 63 percent of employees used personal email to send sensitive documents, and that employees frequently used potentially insecure consumer cloud services and sites to store sensitive information, among other findings.

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Assault on California power station raises alarm on potential for terrorism.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company confirmed an April 2013 attack at its Metcalf transmission substation near San Jose where snipers shot at the site and knocked out 17 giant transformers that transmit power to Silicon Valley. Electric-grid officials rerouted power and made repairs, and no one has been arrested in connection with the attack.

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Suspicious activity in Washoe inmate’s account leads to credit card fraud lab.
The Washoe County Sherriff’s Office reported that four individuals were arrested for allegedly running a fraudulent payment card operation after a suspicious amount of money in a county jail inmate’s account was noticed by a booking employee. Authorities seized thousands of credit card numbers and other information during the arrests and expected more arrests to follow.

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