Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Complete DHS Daily Report for May 15, 2013
• The Kansas wheat crop was forecast to fall 22 per cent to 299.7 million bushels, down from the 382.2 million bushel harvest in 2012. – Wichita Eagle
18. May 13, Wichita Eagle – (Kansas) Drought, freezes expected to cut Kansas wheat crop 22 percent. According to a forecast by the U.S. Department of Agriculture the Kansas wheat crop will fall 22 percent, to 299.7 million bushels, down from the 382.2 million bushel harvest in 2012. Source: http://www.kansas.com/2013/05/13/2800688/usda-drought-freezes-expected.html
• Ranbaxy USA Inc. agreed to pay a record $500 million penalty fine for violations of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. – Washington Post
21. May 13, Washington Post – (International) Subsidiary of Indian drug maker agrees to pay record $500 million US penalty for impure drugs. Ranbaxy USA Inc., a subsidiary of Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited, agreed to pay a record $500 million penalty fine for violations of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act after an investigation determined the generic drug company was selling adulterated drugs and lying to federal regulators. The company will resolve civil claims with all 50 States and the District of Columbia after pleading guilty to federal criminal charges. Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/subsidiary-of-indian-drug-maker-agrees-to-pay-record-500-million-us-penalty-for-impure-drugs/2013/05/13/2d586104-bc33-11e2-b537-ab47f0325f7c_story.html
• A security researcher found that the group behind cyberattacks on the U.S. Department of Labor’s Web site also targeted employees of the U.S. Agency for International Development. – Softpedia
24. May 14, Softpedia – (International) Cybercriminals behind DOL watering hole attack target USAID employees. A security researcher found that the group behind watering hole attacks on the U.S. Department of Labor’s Web site also compromised Twitter accounts in order to target employees of the U.S. Agency for International Development by posting malicious links. Source: http://news.softpedia.com/news/Cybercriminals-Behind-DOL-Watering-Hole-Attack-Target-USAID-Employees-353138.shtml
• A Lafayette, Colorado high school was evacuated and classes were dismissed after a teacher found a pipe bomb on campus. – KMGH 7 Denver (See item 25)
25. May 14, KMGH 7 Denver – (Colorado) Police say teacher found pipe bomb inside Centaurus High School, prompting evacuation. Centaurus High School in Lafayette was evacuated and classes were dismissed May 13 after a teacher found a pipe bomb on campus. Authorities removed and detonated the device and classes are expected to resume May 14. Source: http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/centaurus-high-school-evacuated-because-of-suspicious-bag
Banking and Finance Sector
7. May 14, Help Net Security – (International) Fraudster who hired hackers to manipulate stock prices goes to prison. A Texas man was sentenced to prison for running a “pump and dump” stock fraud scheme that used botnets to send out spam for the purpose of promoting targeted stocks. Source: http://www.net-security.org/secworld.php?id=14906
8. May 13, St. George News – (Utah; Idaho) FBI offers reward for info on ‘Duffel Bag Bandit’ bank robber. The FBI offered a reward for information on the suspect known as the “Duffel Bag Bandit” responsible for six robberies in Utah and Idaho. Source: http://www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive/2013/05/13/fbi-offers-reward-for-info-on-serial-bank-robbing-duffel-bag-bandit/
Information Technology Sector
31. May 14, Softpedia – (International) New Dorkbot worm spreads via Facebook chat, steals data from infected PCs. A new variant of the information-stealing Dorkbot malware was identified by Bitdefender spreading through Facebook’s chat function and through infected USB drives. Source: http://news.softpedia.com/news/New-Dorkbot-Worm-Spreads-via-Facebook-Chat-Steals-Data-from-Infected-PCs-353253.shtml
For additional stories, see items 7 above in the Banking and Finace Sector and 24 above in the Top Stories
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