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Intel Briefing – October 2011

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Nuclear Regulation Commission allows Yucca closure to continue.
A divided Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) September 10 allowed the U.S. President to continue with plans to close the Yucca Mountain, Nevada, nuclear waste repository. The commission split, 2-2, on whether to uphold or reject a decision by an independent nuclear licensing board. The board voted in 2010 to block the Department of Energy from withdrawing its application for Yucca Mountain. The licensing board said the government failed to make a scientific case for why the application should be withdrawn. Despite the split vote, the NRC said in an order September 10 that the licensing board should continue steps to close out work on Yucca Mountain by the end of September, citing “budgetary limitations.”

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DIY flying robo hacker threatens wireless networks.
Researchers created a device dubbed SkyNET, which combines a toy helicopter and a computer configured to attack Wi-Fi networks. The result is a drone that can compromise computers on wireless networks and turn them into botnets. Botnets are widely used for hacking, denial-of-service attacks, and spamming. By controlling the botnet from a drone rather than an Internet connection, the botmaster is harder to track down. To catch the miscreant, someone would have to figure out a drone is involved, spot the drone, and follow it back to its owner. The prototype SkyNET drone is a Parrot AR.Drone quadrocopter modded with a lightweight Linux computer, 3G mobile broadband connection, GPS receiver, and a pair of Wi-Fi cards – one for controlling the drone and one for attacking wireless networks. SkyNET was developed by researchers at Stevens Institute of Technology.

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TSA agents, cops arrested for drug trafficking.
Three Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents and at least two police officers have been arrested, accused of being involved in a massive oxycodone trafficking operation between Connecticut, New York, and Florida, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. The arrested officers include three TSA officers based at airports in Florida and New York, a Westchester County, New York, police officer, and a Florida State Trooper. Officials said the suspects are accused of receiving cash to help move tens of thousands of oxycodone pills from Florida to New York and Connecticut as well as transport cash proceeds from the sale of the drugs back to Florida.

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