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Intel Brief – June 2011



Lab halts Web access after cyber attack.

A highly sophisticated cyber attack – known as Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) – forced Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee to shut down all Internet access and e-mail systems from April 15 to 17. Those restrictions will remain in place until lab officials and others investigating the attack are sure the situation is well controlled and manageable, the ORNL director said April 19. The lab’s cyber specialists were monitoring the attack and recommended further action after it looked like efforts were under way to remove data from ORNL systems. The director said the APT threat at ORNL is similar to recent attacks on Google, RSA, and other government institutions and corporations. The vulnerability involved Internet Explorer. The lab has not yet detected any large-scale exfiltration of data.

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Auditor finds security gaps in nuclear lab’s information systems.

The Lawrence Livermore National Nuclear Laboratory in Livermore, California is not adequately protecting some vital national security data and federal managers are improperly allowing contractors to make some decisions about sensitive information, according to an auditor‘s report released April 19. In some cases, contractors have made security-significant‖changes to the computer systems that store information about the nation‘s nuclear weapons stockpile without the approval of the federal official in charge of those systems, according to the report from the Energy Department‘s inspector general.

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Iowa-based fertilizer producer fined for Clean Air Act violations at nine plants.

One of the nation‘s largest producers of nitric acid and nitrogen fertilizers has agreed to pay more than $500,000 in civil penalties to settle alleged violations of pollution laws at nine of its plants in Iowa, Mississippi, and Oklahoma, Iowa Independent reported April 19. In order to settle alleged violations of the federal Clean Air Act, Terra has agreed to pay $325,000 to federal officials and $100,000 each to the state of Iowa, state of Mississippi, and the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality co-plaintiffs in the action filed April 19 in U.S. District Court in Sioux City.

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