Tuesday, December 18, 2012
• The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency filed an anticipated lawsuit against Miami-Dade County, demanding repairs to their deteriorating sewer system and seeking damages of $32,500 for each day the county violated the Clean Water Act prior to January 12, 2009, and $37,500 for each day thereafter. – Miami Herald
14. December 17, Miami Herald – (Florida) EPA files expected lawsuit against Miami-Dade. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency filed an anticipated lawsuit against Miami-Dade County, and stated the county was not abiding by the federal Clean Water Act. The complaint demands repairs to the deteriorating sewer system and seeks damages of $32,500 for each day the county violated the Clean Water Act prior to January 12, 2009, and $37,500 for each day thereafter. Source: http://www2.tbo.com/news/opinion/2012/dec/17/memeto2-epa-files-expected-lawsuit-against-miami-d-ar-583908/
• Birmingham Police said a man opened fire in St. Vincent’s Hospital December 15, wounding an officer and two employees before he was fatally shot by police. – Associated Press
17. December 17, Associated Press – (Alabama) Alabama hospital shooting: St. Vincent‟s gunman wounds 3 before being killed by police. Birmingham Police said a man opened fire in St. Vincent’s Hospital December 15, wounding an officer and two employees before he was fatally shot by police. Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/15/alabama-hospital-shooting-wounded-gunman-killed_n_2307505.html
• Medicare may have overpaid an estimated $424 million to PacifiCare of California’s Medicare Advantage plan based on risk assessments that made patients seem sicker than they actually were, according to a new report by the U.S. Health and Human Services inspector general. – California Watch
18. December 17, California Watch – (California) Report estimates health plan overbilled Medicare $424M. Medicare may have overpaid an estimated $424 million to PacifiCare of California’s Medicare Advantage plan based on risk assessments that, in many cases, made patients seem sicker than they were, according to a new report by the U.S. Health and Human Services inspector general. The report by the inspector general said PacifiCare was paid extra for treating patients with cancer or a dangerous bloodstream infection even though medical records did not describe those ailments. Source: http://californiawatch.org/dailyreport/report-estimates-health-plan-overbilled-medicare-424m-18752
• A jury ruled that the Los Angeles Police Department must pay an unprecedented $24 million to a boy who was shot by an officer and paralyzed as he played with a replica gun that fires plastic pellets. – Associated Press
22. December 14, Associated Press – (California) LAPD must pay $24M for shooting of boy, 13. A jury ruled that the Los Angeles Police Department must pay an unprecedented $24 million to a boy who was shot by an officer and paralyzed as he played with a replica gun that fires plastic pellets. Source: http://www.montereyherald.com/state/ci_22196690/jury-lapd-must-pay-24m-shooting-boy-13
Banking and Finance Sector
3. December 17, Softpedia – (International) Swedish payment processor sentenced to 4 years for role in scareware scheme. A Swedish man was sentenced by a U.S. court for serving as a payment processor for an international scareware scheme that earned crooks a total of $71 million. Source: http://news.softpedia.com/news/Swedish-Payment-Processor-Sentenced-to-4-Years-for-Role-in-Scareware-Scheme-315429.shtml
4. December 16, Associated Press – (Colorado) Police seek “Clearinghouse Bandit”. Police renewed their plea for the public’s help in finding the “Clearinghouse Bandit,” suspected in at least 13 bank robberies in Denver and Aurora. Police said he has an accomplice who was spotted at several robberies. Source: http://www.koaa.com/news/police-seek-clearinghouse-bandit-/
5. December 14, Boston Herald – (Massachusetts) SEC charges BioChemics officials with securities fraud. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission charged BioChemics, its CEO, and two others with violating federal securities laws in a fraudulent scheme that raised at least $9 million from 70 investors in 19 States from at least 2009 until 2012. Source: http://bostonherald.com/business/business_markets/2012/12/sec_charges_biochemics_officials_securities_fraud
6. December 14, Atlanta Journal-Constitution – (Georgia) Feds sue insiders at failed Sandy Springs bank. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation filed a lawsuit accusing seven former officers and directors of the RockBridge Commercial Bank of negligence and gross negligence in their management of the failed institution. Source: http://www.ajc.com/news/business/feds-sue-insiders-at-failed-sandy-springs-bank/nTXCP/
7. December 14, WBBM 2 Chicago – (Illinois) „Bully Bandit‟ wanted in several bank robberies. The “Bully Bandit,” a bank robber known for his aggressive behavior, is wanted for up to four heists around Chicago over a 2-week period. Source: http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/12/14/bully-bandit-wanted-in-several-bank-robberies/
8. December 14, Los Angeles Times – (California) Aletheia hedge fund manager defrauded investors, SEC says. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission accused the chief executive of Aletheia Research and Management Inc. of defrauding investors by saddling them with losing securities trades while claiming winners for himself, causing clients $4.4 million in losses. Source: http://articles.latimes.com/2012/dec/14/business/la-fi-aletheia-sec-20121215
Information Technology Sector
23. December 17, The H – (International) Exynos 4 critical security hole affects many Galaxy devices. Details of a security hole that allows attackers to take complete control of a Samsung Exynos-4-based device by distributing a malicious application were released by a member of the xda-developers forum. Devices that use Exynos 4210 and 4412 chips are affected. Source: http://www.h-online.com/security/news/item/Exynos-4-critical-security-hole-affects-many-Galaxy-devices-1770075.html
24. December 14, IDG News Service – (International) SMS stealing apps uploaded to Google Play by Carberp banking malware gang. Several malicious Android apps designed to steal mobile transaction authentication numbers (mTANs) sent by banks to their customers over SMS (Short Message Service) were found on Google Play by researchers. Source: http://www.networkworld.com/news/2012/121412-sms-stealing-apps-uploaded-to-265130.html
25. December 14, Dallas Morning News – (Texas) Chemical spill in Coppell sends seven people to the hospital. A 55-gallon barrel of methanol was punctured December 14 at a telephone repair company in Coppell, Texas. Seven people were transported to the hospital with breathing problems and five people were treated at the scene, according to a city spokeswoman. Source: http://thescoopblog.dallasnews.com/2012/12/chemical-spill-in-coppell-sends-four-people-to-the-hospital.html/
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