Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Complete DHS Daily Report for February 20, 2013
• A proposed $7 billion oil pipeline that will carry crude oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico is delayed due to opposition on the project as well as changes in the pipeline’s route. – Associated Press
1. February 17, Associated Press – (International) Keystone XL Pipeline work delayed, Nebraska Utility says. A proposed $7 billion oil pipeline that will carry Canadian crude oil throughout the States is delayed due to a new route being implemented, as well as growing resistance toward the project. Officials are still awaiting the U.S. President’s formal approval for the pipeline, which is scheduled to take several years to complete. Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/17/keystone-xl-pipeline-delay-nebraska_n_2707157.html
• BMW announced a recall of 750,000 of its vehicles in multiple countries, including the US, due to a possible electrical failure which may cause the car to stall without warning. – Reuters
5. February 19, Reuters – (International) BMW recalls 750,000 cars due to electrical problem. BMW announced a recall of 750,000 of its vehicles in the U.S., Japan, South Africa, and Canada due to a possible electrical failure which may cause the car to stall without warning. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced in a February 18 report that the cable connecting the battery to the fuse box may degrade over time, potentially leading to a loss of electrical power in a variety of BMW vehicles model years 2007 to 2012. Source: http://wtaq.com/news/articles/2013/feb/19/bmw-recalls-569830-cars-in-north-america-due-to-electrical-problem/
• A Pennsylvania man involved in a $20 million conspiracy involving over 100 Philadelphia properties was sentenced to 14 months in prison for crimes committed between 2004 and 2009. – Delaware County Daily Times See item 6 below in the Banking and Finance Sector
• A California man went on a shooting spree in Orange County, leaving several injured and three dead, before taking his own life. – Associated Press
9. February 19, Associated Press – (California) Authorities: Shooting spree through Orange County, Calif., leaves 4 dead, including shooter. A man that went on a shooting spree February 19 in Orange County left a trail of six crime scenes after killing three and injuring several others, before taking his own life. Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/california-authorities-say-at-least-3-dead-after-shooting-spree-spread-in-orange-county/2013/02/19/0e5da3b8-7aac-11e2-9c27-fdd594ea6286_story.html
Banking and Finance Sector
6. February 16, Delaware County Daily Times – (Pennsylvania) Yeadon man faces charges in $20M mortgage fraud. A Yeadon man involved in a $20 million conspiracy involving over 100 Philadelphia properties was charged for his role in creating and submitting fraudulent loan applications and other crimes between 2004 and 2009. The man received $1 million dollars for his role in the conspiracy. Source: http://www.delcotimes.com/articles/2013/02/16/news/doc511ef95e71b75296058051.txt
7. February 16, Associated Press – (Virginia) Richmond man, 75, sentenced in bank fraud scheme. A Richmond man was ordered by a federal court judge to forfeit $5.7 million and pay $2.9 million in restitution for money laundering and mail fraud he received through fake loan applications. The man, who filed for bankruptcy in 2011, was sentenced to 14 months. Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/richmond-man-75-sentenced-in-bank-fraud-scheme/2013/02/16/d6b3437c-7859-11e2-b102-948929030e64_story.html
Information Technology Sector
27. February 17, IDG News Service – (International) Adobe to release emergency patches for Reader, Acrobat. Adobe Systems announced they will release patches the week of February 18 for two key vulnerabilities that can lead users to opening a malicious PDF, which is typically sent via email. Source: http://www.itworld.com/endpoint-security/343012/adobe-release-emergency-patches-reader-acrobat
28. February 16, Softpedia – (International) Facebook hacked in sophisticated attack, Java zero-day used to push malware. An attack on Facebook in January 2013 did not expose any sensitive consumer data when company employees became exposed to a Java exploit that pushed malware onto their devices through a compromised mobile developer Web site. The exploit was immediately patched upon discovery. Source: http://news.softpedia.com/news/Facebook-Targeted-in-Sophisticated-Attack-Java-Zero-Day-Used-to-Push-Malware-330032.shtml
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