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Intel Briefing – December 2011

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FDA warns school lunch supplier for moldy applesauce.
Snokist Growers, which provides processed fruit products to the National School Lunch Program and baby food makers, is under fire for repackaging applesauce containing potentially dangerous mold, Food Safety News reported November 7. The FDA cited Snokist for reprocessing moldy applesauce using a method “that is not effective against all toxic metabolites produced from the mold.” The FDA found eight instances between January and December 2010 in which the firm reprocessed moldy products using ineffective methods, and did not reexamine the final product.

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Researcher plants rogue app in Apple’s App Store.
Apple’s App Store can be stocked with malware-infected apps by exploiting a bug in iOS, a noted security researcher said November 7. A principal research consultant for Denver-based security consultant Accuvant used an unknown flaw in Apple’s mobile operating system to create an app that “phoned home” to his own server. He built a fake stock ticker app, dubbed “Instastock,” as a proof-of- concept, then submitted it to Apple, who approved and placed it in the App Store in September. Instastock exploited the bug the researcher discovered to ping a server at his home and request to download another file. While he did not stock his server with such a file – except briefly for demonstration and testing purposes – it proved the app could secretly download rogue code. Such “malware” could conceivably issue commands to an iPhone or iPad, stealing contacts and photos, turning on the device’s camera or microphone, or sending text messages.

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Power-hungry thieves heist $50K of electrical equipment from Riverside Elementary School.
Bandits stormed Fremont Elementary School in Riverside, California, November 5 to steal high-voltage electrical breakers. They escaped with an estimated $50,000 worth of electrical equipment. The thieves broke into the city’s electrical transformer and disconnected the live power before removing the large breakers in the main service, and subsidiary service panels. Heisted items include the main breaker switches plus numerous sub-breaker switches from the electrical switch gear.

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