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Intel Briefing – January 2012

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Industrial espionage gang sends malicious e-mails in security vendor’s name.

A cybercrime gang that primarily targets companies from the chemical industry has launched a new series of attacks that involve malware-laden e-mails purporting to be from security vendor Symantec, IDG News Service reported December 13. The gang’s original industrial espionage effort against chemical and defense firms went from July through September. The “Nitro” attacks sent e-mails with a variant of the Poison Ivy backdoor crafted for targeted companies. Despite being publicly exposed in an October Symantec report, the gang has continued its efforts, and stuck to many of the same techniques, the security vendor said in a December 12 blog post. The new attacks are using Symantec’s October report to trick victims. One e-mail that was intercepted was crafted to appear as if it were sent by Symantec’s technical support department, and warns recipients that many enterprise computers were infected with Poison Ivy.

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Man pleads guilty to making up pipeline permit.

A Tennessee man pleaded guilty to creating a fake permit to build two gas pipelines under Barren River, the Associated Press reported December 13. The U.S. attorney’s office in Louisville, Kentucky, said the man, who was working as a consultant, submitted a fraudulent U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit authorization letter to an inspector for the Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection in Bowling Green in January 2008. Two pipelines were built in 2007, and prosecutors said in a statement the letter was made up. The man faces up to 5 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 when he is sentenced March 13 in federal court.

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Woman crushed to death by Midtown elevator, 2 others traumatized.

A woman was crushed and killed by an elevator that began rising as she was stepping onto it in an office building in Midtown, New York, December 14. Two other people were injured in the accident. The woman was identified as an employee with advertising agency Y&R, which is a major tenant in the building. Officials said she was halfway onto the elevator when it took off, without its doors closing. She died after she was crushed between the elevator and the shaft wall. The other two people were already on the elevator. Their injuries were minor.

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