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Intel Briefing – November 2011

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Cellphones will become a way to attack otherwise protected devices: report.
Mobile phones will become an increasing menace to network security that could drop malware onto protected devices when they dock to sync or plug into USB ports to charge, security experts said in a Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) report October 11. Compromised phones will infect computers they may plug into for otherwise legitimate reasons, much the same way malware such as Stuxnet found its way onto laptops via thumb drives, according to the ‘Emerging Cyber Threats Report 2012’ released at the Georgia Tech Cyber Security Summit 2011’. The report warned problems may arise from the differences between laptop browsers and those used on phones. The latter display address bars fleetingly, leaving little time to observe the safety status of sites being visited. Touch screens on smartphones may make users more susceptible to clicking on links that seem legitimate but mask malicious sites, which could lead to drive-by downloads of malware.

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‘Underwear bomber’ pleads guilty to all charges.
The Nigerian man accused of trying to detonate an explosive device in his underwear aboard a Christmas 2009 flight to Detroit, pleaded guilty to all counts in court October 12. He had been indicted on charges including attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, conspiracy to commit an act of terrorism, and possession of a firearm or destructive device in furtherance of an act of violence. The suspect had previously pleaded not guilty to the charges. He was a passenger on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 en route from the Netherlands to Detroit Christmas Day 2009. U.S. officials said the terror group al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula was behind the alleged bombing attempt.

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Two government employees charged in hoax bomb incident.
Two government employees were accused of recently planting a hoax bomb at a Lee County, Florida facility as a prank, the Cape Coral Daily Breeze reported October 12. The two men were arrested and charged with threat to bomb manufacture, possess, sell, deliver, or mail a hoax bomb. Both men were denied bond and remained at the Lee County Jail October 12.

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