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Intel Briefing – August 2012

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Former IRS employee steals from taxpayer: cops.
A former employee of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in Philadelphia was arrested July 5 after allegedly participating in an identity theft scheme. According to an indictment, the former employee used her position with the IRS to make unauthorized computer entries into the IRS’ Integrated Data Retrieval System. In 2009, she gained personal information on a taxpayer from whom she was renting a house in Philadelphia, investigators said. She then allegedly used that information to apply for credits from different credit card companies in the victim’s name. She was charged with aggravated identity theft, unauthorized inspection of tax returns, and other related offenses.

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Bosch recalls SkilSaw miter saws due to laceration hazard.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Robert Bosch Tool Corporation of Mount Prospect, Illinois, July 10 announced a voluntary recall of approximately 22,149 miter saws. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. The lower guard can break and contact the blade during use, posing a laceration hazard. The miter saws were sold at Lowe’s Home Centers nationwide, and OC Tanner from January 2012 to April 2012.

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Chemical giant foils infected USB stick espionage bid.
An attempt to infiltrate the corporate systems of Dutch chemical company DSM by leaving malware-laden USB sticks in the corporation’s car park failed, The Register reported July 11. Instead of plugging the discarded drives into a workstations, which would have infected the company’s machines, a worker who first found one of the devices turned it in to DSM’s IT department. System administrators subsequently found an unspecified password-stealing keylogger, according to local reports. The spyware was designed to upload stolen usernames and passwords to a server under the control of hackers. This site was blocked by DSM’s system administrators, so the firm would be protected even if other workers find and use the infected USBs on corporate laptops. Using infected USBs as way to smuggle malware into firms has become a regular occurrence in recent years, security researchers’ note, especially since they were the presumed delivery mechanism of the Stuxnet worm.

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Family Dollar stores recalls decorative light sets due to fire and electrical shock hazard.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Family Dollar Services Inc., July 12 announced a voluntary recall of about 280,000 mini lights. The light sets do not meet standards for this product and pose a fire and shock risk. There were three reports of overheating. The lights were sold at Family Dollar stores from September 2011 through December 2011. Consumers should immediately stop using the light sets and return the products to Family Dollar stores for full refunds.

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