Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Complete DHS Daily Report for June 4, 2013
• The town of Seward, Illinois, was evacuated after an explosion and fire at a local chemical processing facility. – WTVO 17 Rockford
4. June 2, WTVO 17 Rockford – (Illinois) Seward residents evacuated after chemical plant explosion. The town of Seward was evacuated after an explosion and fire at the Nova-Kem Plant, a chemical processing facility. Source: http://mystateline.com/fulltext-news?nxd_id=401832
• An outbreak of a rare Hepatitis A strain is believed to be associated with frozen mixed berries purchased from Costco. – Food Safety News
16. May 31, Food Safety News – (National) 30 Hepatitis A illnesses linked to Organic Berries sold at Costco. A recent outbreak of a rare Hepatitis A strain is believed to be associated with frozen mixed berries purchased from Costco and is being investigated by multiple agencies. Source: http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2013/05/hepatitis-a-illnesses-linked-to-organic-berries-sold-at-costco/
• The Powerhouse Fire burned roughly 35 square miles in Angeles National Forest and officials evacuated nearly 3,000 people after the fire destroyed at least 6 homes and damaged 15 others. – Associated Press
20. June 2, Associated Press – (California) Powerhouse Fire evacuations affect nearly 1,000 homes in Lake Hughes, Lake Elizabeth. The Powerhouse Fire burned roughly 35 square miles in the Angeles National Forest and was 20 percent contained by June 2 as officials evacuated nearly 3,000 people after the fire destroyed at least 6 homes and damaged 15 others. The fire prompted several road closures and evacuation orders for campsites as crews continued to battle the blaze. Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/02/powerhouse-fire-evacuations_n_3375068.html
• A five-alarm blaze at Houston’s Southwest Inn caused a structural collapse that killed four firefighters and left several others injured as more than 150 firefighters battled the fire for 2 hours. – Associated Press
42. June 1, Associated Press – (Texas) 4 firefighters killed in Houston motel fire. A five-alarm blaze at Houston’s Southwest Inn started at the motel’s restaurant and bar and caused a structural collapse that killed four firefighters and left several others injured as more than 150 firefighters battled the fire for 2 hours. Source: http://news.msn.com/us/4-firefighters-killed-in-houston-motel-fire
Banking and Finance Sector
7. June 3, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission – (National) SEC suspends trading of 61 companies ripe for fraud in over-the-counter market. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission suspended trading in the securities of 61 companies seemingly no longer in business to prevent their use by fraudsters in ‘pump and dump’ investment schemes. Source: http://www.sec.gov/news/press/2013/2013-97.htm
For another story, see item 35 below in the Information Technology Sector
Information Technology Sector
33. June 3, Softpedia – (International) DNSimple hit by major DDOS attack. Hosted DNS service DNSimple reported coming under a large distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack May 31, and that it continued to be under attack June 3. Source: http://news.softpedia.com/news/DNSimple-Hit-by-Major-DDOS-Attack-6-3-2013-358037.shtml
34. June 3, SC Magazine – (International) DDoS sends EVE Online offline. Massively multiplayer games EVE Online and DUST 514 were knocked offline due to a massive, sustained distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack beginning June 2. Source: http://www.scmagazine.com.au/News/345389,ddos-sends-eve-online-offline.aspx
35. June 3, Softpedia – (International) Financial exchange platform hit by 167 Gbps DNS reflection DDOS attack. Prolexic revealed that a financial exchange platform that is a client of the company experienced the largest distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack in Prolexic’s history that peaked at 167 Gbps May 27. Source: http://news.softpedia.com/news/Financial-Exchange-Platform-Hit-by-167-Gbps-DNS-Reflection-DDOS-Attack-357802.shtml
36. June 3, Softpedia – (International) Experts observe increase in Red Kit exploit kit activity. Researchers at Zscaler noted an increase in the number of Web sites compromised by the Red Kit exploit kit. Source: http://news.softpedia.com/news/Experts-Observe-Increase-in-Red-Kit-Exploit-Kit-Activity-357863.shtml
37. June 1, V3.co.uk – (International) Hackers’ Citadel and Koobface trojans pose major threats to business data. McAfee’s Q1 2013 Threat Report listed new versions of the Citadel and Koobface trojans as two of the biggest threats to businesses, among other findings. Source: http://www.v3.co.uk/v3-uk/news/2272303/hackers-citadel-and-koobface-trojans-pose-major-threats-to-business-data
38. June 1, WHAM 13 Rochester – (New York) Phone lines back on in Ontario County. Ontario County phone service and 9-1-1 service was down for several hours June 1. Source: http://www.13wham.com/mostpopular/story/Ontario-County-911-cell-phones/gwgONXIPGUyzccuEZ3bH8g.cspx
39. June 1, Killeen Daily Herald – (Texas) KNCT-FM returns to air with temporary transmitter. KNCT 91.3 FM Killeen, a public radio station for Central Texas, was able to broadcast to Killeen and surrounding areas after a low-power, temporary transmitter was set up May 30, ending a two week period where the station was off radio due to a lightning strike to its antenna. Complete repairs could take as long as six weeks. Source: http://kdhnews.com/news/briefs/knct-fm-returns-to-air-with-temporary-transmitter/article_927b17e4-ca6f-11e2-ab81-0019bb30f31a.html
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