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Intel Briefing – April 2014

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Iowa DHS data breach of personal info.
The Iowa Department of Human Services announced March 7 that 2,042 individuals were impacted by a breach of personal information related to some Polk County social work assessments after two workers used personal email accounts, personal storage accounts, and personal electronic devices for work purposes. The workers transmitted information through unsecured networks over a 5-year period starting in 2008.

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Experian lapse allowed ID theft service access to 200 million consumer records.
A Vietnamese national pleaded guilty the week of March 3 to running an identity theft service from his home in Vietnam by tricking an Experian subsidiary into giving him access to personal and financial data belonging to over 200 million U.S. citizens by claiming to be a private investigator.

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Researchers attack secured Internet activity to mine personal data.
Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley developed an attack that could allow governments and Internet service providers to bypass HTTPS traffic protections and determine the Web pages a user has visited with 89 percent accuracy. Attackers would need to be able to visit the same Web pages as the user, which would enable them to identify packet patterns in the encrypted traffic.

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Officials: Cache of illegal oil field waste found in North Dakota.
North Dakota Waste Management officials reported March 11 that hundreds of tubular filters were discovered in an abandoned building in the Town of Noonan, in what may be the State’s biggest incident of illegal dumping of radioactive oil filter socks. Authorities are investigating the incident.

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