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Intel Briefing – March 2012

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NHTSA recall notice – Ford F-53 and F-59 automatic transmission selector cable.
Ford announced February 8 the recall of 13,239 model year 2011 F-53 and F-59 stripped chassis vehicles manufactured from February 1, 2010 through July 1, 2011, and from May 10, 2011 through October 25, 2011. The ‘PRNDL’ cable may break at the attachment to the transmission control selector arm assembly mounted on the steering column. If the cable breaks, the transmission gear indicator in the ‘PRNDL’ display in the instrument panel will remain in the first gear position regardless of the gear selected. An incorrect gear indication in the instrument panel may prevent the driver from knowing if they are in park or reverse, increasing the risk of a crash. Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the transmission selector arm assembly and the ‘PRNDL’ cable assembly.

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‘Factory outlets’ selling stolen Facebook, Twitter credentials at discount rates.
Stealing credentials via trojans has become so simple and prevalent that cybercriminals are finding themselves with a surplus: Two cybercrime gangs are now advertising bulk-rate Facebook, Twitter, and cPanel credentials in order to clean out their inventory. Researchers at Trusteer said these credential factory outlets are a way for the bad guys to cash in on other credentials they pilfered while stealing online banking credentials. It is like making money off the chaff that comes along with the valuable online banking credentials lifted by trojans and keyloggers: “They harvest a lot of things” unrelated to the stolen online banking credentials, said the vice president of marketing for Trusteer. “This is how they monetize the [leftover] assets they harvest.” The ads were running in underground forums infiltrated by the researchers from Trusteer. Trusteer believes attackers could lure users to those sites via phishing e-mails and social networking messages.

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Driver whisks 6 students off N.C. bus before it bursts into flames.
After noticing smoke seeping inside, a North Carolina bus driver rushed six elementary school children off her vehicle moments before it burst into flames. The incident occurred February 8 as the bus was driving the children home from Chantilly Montessori Elementary School, a public school in Charlotte, a school district spokeswoman said. The driver was driving on her route through a Charlotte neighborhood when she detected a “burning smell” and pulled over to investigate. “As that was going on, smoke started to come from under the dash of the bus,” the driver recalled. At that point, the driver guided the young students to the back of the bus. Describing the children as “calm,” she said they exited “one-by-one” through the rear emergency exit. The bus driver said she and the students, ages 5 to 10, then “walked so far up the street” where they witnessed the smoke and flames engulf the vehicle.

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