Tuesday, June 25, 2013
• Xcel Energy crews in Minnesota worked to restore power to the remaining 42,000 customers throughout the State after storms knocked out electricity to a reported 554,000 customers. – KMSP 9 Minneapolis
1. June 24, KMSP 9 Minneapolis – (Minnesota) Power outage update: 42,000 remain without power in Twin Cities. Xcel Energy crews in Minnesota worked June 24 to restore power to the remaining 42,000 customers throughout the State after storms knocked out electricity to a reported 554,000 customers. Source: http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/story/22652705/power-outages-twin-cities-jun-21-2013
• More than 10,000 people in the western United States have received Hepatitis A vaccines since news broke of an outbreak linked to Townsend Farms frozen berry mixes. – Food Safety News
17. June 24, Food Safety News – (National) Thousands sought vaccines following Townsend Farms hep A outbreak. More than 10,000 people in the western United States have received hepatitis A vaccines since news broke on May 31 of an outbreak linked to Townsend Farms frozen berry mixes sold at Costco stores. Source: http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2013/06/thousands-sought-vaccines-following-townsend-farms-hep-a-outbreak/
• Firefighters continued to battle Colorado’s 75,150-acre West Fork Complex fire that consists of the West Fork Fire, Windy Pass Fire, and Papoose Fire burning in the San Juan and Rio Grande national forests. – KUSA 9 Denver
24. June 24, KUSA 9 Denver – (Colorado) West Fork Complex fire rages on, Colorado town braces for long evacuation. Firefighters continued to battle Colorado’s West Fork Complex fire that consists of the West Fork Fire, Windy Pass Fire, and Papoose Fire burning on the San Juan and Rio Grande national forests. The fire burned 75,150 acres by June 24 as officials estimated full extinguishment will most likely take months. Source: http://www.9news.com/news/local/article/341973/222/West-Fork-Complex-Fire-grows-to-over-70000-acres
• The biggest dam removal project in California’s history began June 21 after State inspectors reported deposits of silt made the Sam Clemente Dam unable to withstand a major earthquake. – KSBW 8 Salinas
49. June 21, KSBW 8 Salinas – (California) Carmel River dam to be torn down; biggest dam demolishing project in Calif. history. The biggest dam removal project in California’s history began June 21 after State inspectors reported deposits of silt made the Sam Clemente Dam in Carmel unusable and unable to withstand a major earthquake. The dam will be torn down by 2016 with a project cost of $84 million. Source: http://www.ksbw.com/news/central-california/monterey/carmel-river-dam-to-be-torn-down-biggest-dam-project-in-calif-history/-/5738820/20668228/-/k8kimbz/-/index.html
Banking and Finance Sector
7. June 23, Fayette Citizen – (Georgia) FDIC sues directors of failed F’ville bank for $10.3M. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation filed suit against the former board of directors of the failed Southern Community Bank in Fayetteville for $10.3 million for allegedly being negligent in their management of the bank. Source: http://www.thecitizen.com/articles/06-23-2013/fdic-sues-directors-failed-f’ville-bank-103m
8. June 22, KXAS 5 Fort Worth – (Texas) FBI makes arrest in “Mesh Mask Bandit” case. A man suspected of being the “Mesh Mask Bandit” responsible for 19 robberies in north Texas since December 2012 was arrested June 22. Source: http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/FBI-Makes-Arrest-in-Mesh-Mask-Bandit-Case-212545321.html
9. June 21, Softpedia – (International) Information-stealing Fareit malware used against Wells Fargo customers. Bitdefender identified a spam campaign targeting Wells Fargo customers that uses the Fareit information stealing malware. The malware is also capable of using infected devices for distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks and downloading other malware. Source: http://news.softpedia.com/news/Information-Stealing-Fareit-Malware-Used-Against-Wells-Fargo-Customers-362492.shtml
10. June 21, American Banker – (Georgia) Former Ga. bank exec pleads guilty to fraud. The former chief executive of the failed Tifton Banking Company pleaded guilty to falsifying loans after receiving Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) funds, costing the bank, the Small Business Administration, and taxpayers a total of $6.16 million. Source: http://www.americanbanker.com/issues/178_120/former-georgia-bank-executive-pleads-guilty-to-fraud-1060074-1.html
For another story, see item 34 below in the Information Technology Sector
Information Technology Sector
31. June 24, V3.co.uk – (International) Android Fakedefender malware attacks Google smartphone and tablet users. Researchers at Sympantec discovered a new piece of ransomware affecting Android phones that poses as a legitimate security app, dubbed Android.Fakedefender. Source: http://www.v3.co.uk/v3-uk/news/2276963/android-fakedefender-malware-attacks-google-smartphone-and-tablet-users
32. June 24, The H – (International) WordPress hardened with XSS, DoS and SSRF fixes. WordPress released an update to its open source blogging software that closes 12 bugs, 7 of which are security issues. The developers strongly encouraged all users to update to the new version. Source: http://www.h-online.com/security/news/item/WordPress-hardened-with-XSS-DoS-and-SSRF-fixes-1895188.html
33. June 22, Softpedia – (International) DNS provider Zerigo hit by DDOS attack. Cloud-based DNS provider Zerigo was the target of a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack that took servers offline June 21. Source: http://news.softpedia.com/news/DNS-Provider-Zerigo-Hit-by-DDOS-Attack-362771.shtml
34. June 22, Softpedia – (International) DirtJumper malware version dubbed “Drive” sports powerful DDOS engine. Researchers at Arbor Networks identified a new variant of the DirtJumper malware dubbed “Drive” with much more powerful distributed denial of service (DDoS) capabilities. It has been observed in attacks against commercial and financial targets. Source: http://news.softpedia.com/news/DirtJumper-Malware-Version-Dubbed-Drive-Sports-Powerful-DDOS-Engine-362833.shtml
35. June 21, The Register – (International) Facebook bug leaks contact info of 6 million users. An error in Facebook’s Download Your Information (DYI) tool caused the contact information of potential contacts to be associated with other users’ data, which would be downloaded along with an individual user’s information through the tool. Source: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/06/21/facebook_contact_leak/
36. June 21, Help Net Security – (International) Phishing attacks impacted 37.3 million users last year. Research from Kaspersky Lab found that phishing attacks increased 87 percent in 2012, affecting 37.3 million users. Source: https://www.net-security.org/secworld.php?id=15120
37. June 21, WPVI 6 Philadelphia – (Pennsylvania) Communication tower damaged by fire brought down safely in Bensalem. A June 21 communications tower fire in Bensalem prompted the evacuation of dozens of residents from the Bensalem Woods apartment complex and the establishment of a safety perimeter as crews let the fire extinguish itself before successfully bringing down the tower by a crane several hours later. Source: http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=news/local&id=9146834
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