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Intel Briefing – April 2012



200,000 webpages compromised to lead visitors to fake AV sites.
In the past several months, mass infections were not uncommon, and now security experts believe they found another one. Websense found 30,000 unique Web sites are currently compromised to redirect visitors to sites that promote fake antivirus software. A total of 200,000 Web pages, part of the 30,000 sites, are compromised, with the campaign apparently designed to target mostly sites hosted by the WordPress content management system. More than 85 percent of the compromised sites are located in the United States.

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Report: MSHA missed problems at doomed W.Va. mine.
Federal inspectors either missed problems at the Upper Big Branch mine in Montcoal, West Virginia, or failed to inspect the areas where they existed in the 18 months before a deadly 2010 explosion, but an internal review posted March 6 concluded there was no evidence those failures caused the disaster. The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) posted the report online after a private briefing with relatives of the 29 miners killed in the nation’s worst coal mining disaster in four decades. It acknowledged multiple failures by field staff in MSHA’s largest region, southern West Virginia’s District 4. It also said their effectiveness was compromised by internal communication problems and by budget cuts that created staffing shortages, inexperience, and a lack of sufficient training and managerial oversight. While the agency has made significant improvements in the past 2 years, the report said it was not enough and contained about 20 pages of detailed, technical recommendations for regulatory and administrative changes.

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Toyota recalls over 681,000 vehicles in U.S.
Toyota Motor Corp announced March 7 the recall of more than 681,000 cars and trucks in the U.S. market to address potential problems. The Japanese automaker said it will recall about 495,000 Tacoma pickup trucks from model years 2005 to 2009 to replace a part in the steering wheel. Toyota will replace the steering wheel spiral cable assembly because friction may occur over time involving that part, which may result in the driver’s side airbag being deactivated and not deploying in an accident. It is also recalling about 70,500 Camry mid-sized cars and 116,000 Venza crossover vehicles from model years 2009 to 2011 to replace a stop lamp switch. Silicon grease during assembly may lead to increased electrical resistance that can cause the vehicle not to start or the shift lever not to move from the ―park‖ position, Toyota said.

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