Morning Security Brief: Petraeus Scandal, Skype Hack, and Response Time Disparities

By Carlton Purvis

►President Obama says there is no evidence that national security information was compromised in the Petraeus scandal while at the same time anonymous sources told Reuters that Paula Broadwell had classified information on her computer.

Skype users should be wary if they receive an e-mail asking them whether they want to reset their passwords. Skype has disabled its password reset option after hackers found a way to reset a person’s password with nothing other than the e-mail address linked to the account. The instructions were posted online Wednesday. “Gaining control of a Skype account could let hackers use any credit to make calls, though the broader use is unclear,” The Guardian reports. Skype hasn’t released the number of hacked accounts, but issued a statement Wednesday afternoon that said, "We are reaching out to a small number of users who may have been impacted to assist as necessary. Skype is committed to providing a safe and secure communications experience to our users and we apologize for the inconvenience."

►Ambulance response times vary widely across Los Angeles and the most expensive neighborhoods have the longest wait, according to a Los Angeles Times investigation. “Under national standards adopted by the Los Angeles Fire Department, rescuers are supposed to arrive within six minutes to almost all medical emergencies. But the Times analysis found that in affluent hillside communities … firefighters failed to hit that mark nearly 85% of the time,” the paper reports. The fire department says difficult driving conditions like winding roads, mountainous terrain, and hilly blind spots add to response time.

►In other news, after a large botnet goes offline, global spam levels drop. ♦ Israel and Hamas are launching regular attacks on each other after the head of the military wing of Hamas is assassinated. Palestinians have asked the UN Security Council to intervene. ♦ And New Jersey is starting to get some questions about how 15 inmates escaped a halfway house during Hurricane Sandy.




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