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. August 12, TFTS – (Nevada) DefCon hackers find security flaw in prisons’ computer systems that could lead to inmates’ escape. At the recently concluded hacker conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, DefCon, researchers demonstrated how a flaw in the prison security system might one day lead to massive prison escape in the hands of a resourceful hacker, TFTS reported August 12. The system’s security flaw was discovered years ago when a random power surge in a prison’s death row cells automatically unlocked all the doors. The DefCon team that presented the vulnerability (and briefed the federal government about it) has not tried it out on actual jail cells yet, but the members are certain that it could be done. A cyberweapon worm named “Stuxnet” previously succeeded in disabling Iran’s nuclear centrifuges by attacking the same component also found in high-security prisons’ systems. Source: flaw-in-prisons-computer-systems-that-could-lead-to-inmates-escape/

. August 12, WJAC 6 Johnstown – (Pennsylvania) Pa. firefighter could be involved in 10 arson fires. Investigators said a volunteer firefighter may have been involved in at least 10 suspicious fires dating back to September 2010. As of August 11, the 18-yearold, was only being charged with the August 9 arson in Big Run at a vacant home on Pennsylvania Avenue. But at a news conference early August 11, Pennsylvania State Police said he is the main suspect in a rash of other fires in that area. The suspect became a volunteer fireman with the Big Run department in February. Investigators said some of the fires in question happened before that time, and some happened when he was 17. Investigators would not give specific details about their case, but they said he will be charged with more arson cases. They said the volunteer firefighter could be charged with a recent fire on Caroline Street in which an elderly man escaped from his home, as well as a fire that destroyed the Big Run Carpet store earlier this summer. He remains in jail with bail set at $200,000. Investigators said they believe he acted alone. Source: could-be-involved-10-arson-fires

. August 11, – (California) Ex-inmate arrested for sneaking back into California prison. An ex-inmate was arrested at California’s New Folsom Prison after he was caught sneaking back onto the prison grounds nearly 2 years after his release. The ex-inmate was paroled in 2009 after serving time for a robbery charge at the prison in Sacramento, California, reports. He reportedly returned to the prison grounds some time overnight August 10, and officers spotted him using thermal imaging equipment. Officials are not sure why he returned to the prison, but they admit there has been a growing trend of former inmates sneaking onto the grounds to leave contraband items for other inmates to retrieve later. Correctional officers have searched inside the prison for any trace of contraband, but at this time there is no evidence to suggest he left contraband items on the grounds. Source: california-prison/?test=latestnews

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