• Chrysler announced several recalls affecting 840,000 vehicles for issues including faulty microcontroller components in head rests and improperly programmed side airbag software. – NBC News (See item 3)
3. July 4, NBC News – (International) Chrysler recalls 840,000 vehicles, mostly in US. Chrysler announced several recalls affecting 840,000 vehicles, mostly in the U.S., for issues including faulty microcontroller components in head rests and improperly programmed side airbag software. Source: http://www.nbc33tv.com/news/chrysler-recalls-840000-v
• An accidental detonation at a fireworks show in a large community park in Simi Valley, California, left 28 people with minor injuries July 4. – Associated Press (See item 25)
25. July 5, Associated Press – (California) 28 injured at Calif. fireworks show. An accidental detonation at a fireworks show in a large community park in Simi Valley left 28 people with minor injuries July 4. A bomb squad detonated the remainder of the fireworks as 20 people were transported to local hospitals and 8 people were treated at the park. Source: http://www.news9.com/story/22764383/14-injured-at-calif-fireworks-show
• A man was charged with setting nine wildfires in California that burned a total of 670. – Associated Press (See item 28)
28. July 4, Associated Press – (California) Arson charges tie man to 9 California wildfires. A man was charged July 3 with setting nine fires since September 2011 that burned a total of 670 acres in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. The Banning resident was arrested June 28 in connection with a wildfire near Mentone. Source: http://news.msn.com/crime-justice/arson-charges-tie-man-to-9-california-wildfires
• Researchers reported a vulnerability affecting 99 percent of Android devices that can allow an attacker to modify APK code without breaking legitimate apps’ cryptographic signatures. – V3.co.uk See item 38 below in the Information Technology Sector
Banking and Finance Sector
5. July 4, United Press International; St. Louis Post-Dispatch – (Missouri) Funeral insurance company owner pleads guilty to fraud. The owner of the failed National Prearranged Services Inc. funeral service insurance company pleaded guilty to fraud charges for diverting $600 million in funds from policy holder reserves to personal and commercial expenses. The owner’s son also pleaded guilty to his part in the fraud. Source: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2013/07/04/Funeral-insurance-company-owner-pleads-guilty-to-fraud/UPI-54451372950352/
6. July 3, Reuters – (National) SEC alleges insider trading in Onyx ahead of Amgen offer. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filed a lawsuit and froze assets against traders who allegedly made suspicious trades ahead of Onyx’s rejection of a takeover bid to make $4.6 million in illicit gains. Source: http://www.cnbc.com/id/100864058
7. July 3, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission – (International) SEC obtains freeze on proceeds from unlawful distribution of Biozoom securities. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charged eight Argentine citizens with unlawfully distributing millions of shares of Biozoom, Inc., yielding approximately $34 million. The SEC also froze assets in U.S. brokerage accounts belonging to the accused. Source: https://www.sec.gov/news/press/2013/2013-122.htm
Information Technology Sector
36. July 5, Softpedia – (International) Private Exploit Pack: New browser exploit kit advertised on hacker forums. A new browser exploit kits named Private Exploit Pack was found being advertised on hacker forums. The exploit pack works on Windows XP, 7, and 8, and contains exploits for Java, Internet Explorer, PDF, and Microsoft Data Access Components. Source: http://news.softpedia.com/news/New-Browser-Exploit-Pack-Private-Advertised-on-Hacker-Forums-366008.shtml
37. July 5, Softpedia – (International) Opera 12.16 replaces code signing certificate. Opera Software released version 12.16 of its Opera browser containing a new code signing certificate following a security breach where attackers were able to obtain an older certificate. Source: http://news.softpedia.com/news/Opera-12-16-Replaces-Code-Signing-Certificate-365932.shtml
38. July 4, V3.co.uk – (International) Android master key leaves 99 percent of Google smartphone and tablet users open to attack. Bluebox Security researchers reported a vulnerability in Android 1.6 and later that can allow an attacker to modify APK code without breaking legitimate apps’ cryptographic signatures, turning a legitimate app into a malicious one. Source: http://www.v3.co.uk/v3-uk/news/2279495/android-master-key-leaves-99-percent-of-google-smartphone-and-tablet-users-open-to-attack
39. July 4, Softpedia – (International) Customizable mobile number harvesting service found on underground market. Researchers at Webroot identified a mobile number harvesting service for sale on underweb markets that allows the user to customize the type of information they collect, which can then be utilized to drive SMS spam campaigns. Source: http://news.softpedia.com/news/Customizable-Mobile-Number-Harvesting-Service-Found-on-Underground-Market-365696.shtml
40. July 4, Help Net Security – (International) Trojanized Android app collects info, comments on NSA surveillance. A trojanized version of a legitimate music app was identified that on July 4 was triggered to display an image and run a service criticizing National Security Agency data collection programs. The app also attempts to send device information to a remote server upon restart. Source: https://www.net-security.org/malware_news.php?id=2535
41. July 4, Help Net Security – (International) Critical Cryptochat group chat bug fixed. The developers of the Cryptochat secure chat program advised users to update to the latest version that fixes a vulnerability in the program’s group chat function that could allow conversations to be cracked via brute for attacks. Source: https://www.net-security.org/secworld.php?id=15182
42. July 3, The H – (International) Apple releases security update for Mac OS X. Apple released a security update for four versions of its OS X operating system, closing three QuickTime flaws that could cause crashes or allow arbitrary code execution. Source: http://www.h-online.com/security/news/item/Apple-releases-security-update-for-Mac-OS-X-1910729.html
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