Monday, May 20, 2013
Complete DHS Daily Report for May 20, 2013
• Fraud scheme involving a property under development. – Associated Press See item 9 below in the Banking and Finance Sector
• A multi-agency investigation led to 33 suspects being charged with running an accident staging fraud ring in the West Palm Beach, Florida area that billed insurers for more than $20 million. – WPTV 5 West Palm Beach See item 10 below in the Banking and Finance Sector
• Preliminary results indicated that two letters sent to a downtown Spokane, Washington Post Office were laced with ricin. – Northwest Cable News
16. May 16, Northwest Cable News – (Washington) Suspicious letters mailed to Spokane post office laced with Ricin. Preliminary results indicated that two letters sent to a downtown Spokane Post Office were laced with ricin. The ricin was not in a form that could be ingested or inhaled. Source: http://www.nwcn.com/news/207748981.html
• The Wisconsin governor declared a state of emergency following the Germann Road Fire, which burned over 9,000 acres in Bayfield and Douglas counties. – Eau Claire Leader Telegram
30. May 16, Eau Claire Leader-Telegram – (Wisconsin) Governor declares state of emergency for Germann Road fire. The Wisconsin governor declared a state of emergency following the Germann Road Fire, which burned over 9,000 acres in Bayfield and Douglas counties. Source: http://www.leadertelegram.com/news/daily_updates/article_01268268-be23-11e2-a38f-001a4bcf887a.html
Banking and Finance Sector
9. May 16, Associated Press – (Oregon) Man charged in $50M securities fraud case. A resident of Canby was charged with allegedly operating a $50 million securities fraud scheme where he promised a lien on a property with the option to foreclose, but instead conveyed a lesser interest. Source: http://www.mercurynews.com/news/ci_23258714/man-charged-50m-securities-fraud-case
10. May 16, WPTV 5 West Palm Beach – (Florida) Insurance fraud ring busted, Operation Sledgehammer leads to dozens of arrests. A multi-agency investigation led to 33 suspects being charged with running an accident staging fraud ring in the West Palm Beach area that billed insurers for more than $20 million. Source: http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/insurance-fraud-ring-busted-operation-sledgehammer-leads-to-dozens-of-arrests
11. May 16, Fort Worth Star-Telegram – (Texas) ‘Mesh Mask Bandit’ strikes again, at a bank in Garland. The man known as the “Mesh Mask Bandit” was suspected of robbing a bank in Garland May 15, the 19th robbery attributed to the suspect. Source: http://www.star-telegram.com/2013/05/16/4863448/mesh-mask-bandit-strikes-again.html
12. May 15, South Florida Business Journal – (Florida) FDIC sues CEO of failed bank over $48M in losses from risky loans. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation filed a lawsuit against the former executives and directors of the failed Peninsula Bank. The lawsuit seeks $48 million for their alleged negligence that led to the bank’s collapse. Source: http://www.bizjournals.com/southflorida/news/2013/05/16/fdic-sues-ceo-of-failed-bank-over-48m.html
Information Technology Sector
36. May 17, Help Net Security – (International) Ransomware adds password stealing to its arsenal. Microsoft researchers found a new variant of the Reveton malware that downloads a password-stealing component after it infects a victim’s computer. Source: http://www.net-security.org/malware_news.php?id=2497
37. May 17, The Register – (International) Mac malware found with valid developer ID at freedom conference. A security researcher participating in the Oslo Freedom Conference discovered a piece of malware for Apple OS X that takes regular screenshots from a victim’s computer and then sends them to two servers. Source: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/05/17/mac_malware_steals_screenshots/
38. May 17, The H – (International) ownCloud fixes critical security vulnerabilities. The developers of the ownCloud cloud storage and collaboration software released an update that closes security vulnerabilities that allowed SQL injection, PHP code execution, and the downloading of others’ calendars. Source: http://www.h-online.com/security/news/item/ownCloud-fixes-critical-security-vulnerabilities-1865334.html
39. May 17, Threatpost – (International) Pakistan hit by targeted attack out of India. Researchers at Eset discovered a cyberespionage campaign targeting Pakistani users via phishing emails, and appears to return sensitive information to India. Source: http://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/pakistan-hit-by-targeted-attack-out-of-i/240155117
40. May 16, IDG News Service – (International) Four former LulzSec members sentenced to prison in the UK. Four U.K. nationals associated with the LulzSec hacking group were convicted and sentenced in the U.K. for their role in attacks on Web sites in 2011. Source: http://www.networkworld.com/news/2013/051613-four-former-lulzsec-members-sentenced-269856.html
41. May 16, Lawrence Journal World – (Kansas) Cable outage reported in West Lawrence. A cut cable is believed to be the cause of a cable service outage for parts of West Lawrence May 16, with no information about when services will be restored. Source: http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2013/may/16/cable-outage-reported-west-lawrence/
42. May 16, WDAF 4 Kansas City – (Missouri) Internet outage affects FOX 4. FOX 4 news station suffered an internet outage May 16 which impacted station email, video upload, and live-stream capabilities. Engineers expected to have the issue resolved May 17. Source: http://olathe.fox4kc.com/news/news/195443-internet-outage-affects-fox-4
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