Complete DHS Report for May 5, 2016
• The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York announced charges May 3 against 9 people for defrauding investors into purchasing $131 million worth of ForceField Energy Inc., stocks from December 2009 – April 2015. – Reuters See item 7 below in the Financial Services Sector
• The National Transportation Safety Board issued a report May 3 faulting the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) for failing to properly install and maintain third-rail power cables, among other charges, regarding a January 2015 Metro fire. – Associated Press
9. May 4, Associated Press – (Washington, D.C.) Feds: Poor maintenance led to fatal DC subway fire. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued its final report May 3 faulting the Washington Metropolitan Area transit Authority (Metro) for failing to properly install and maintain third-rail power cables, failing to install smoke detectors in tunnels, and failing to train its employees on how to use fans, among other violations, regarding a January 2015 Metro fire incident where a subway train filled with smoke inside an underground tunnel and killed one passenger while sickening a dozen others. In addition, the NTSB faulted Metro for failing to make meaningful safety improvements following a 2009 deadly collision, as well as failing to address various safety issues in relation to the first fatal accident in 1982. Source: http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/feds-poor-maintenance-led-to-fatal-dc-subway-fire/ar-BBsAtdF
• The World Organization for Animal Health announced May 3 that U.S. officials destroyed 39,000 turkeys in Jasper County, Missouri, due to an outbreak of a mild form of H5N1 avian bird flu that was first detected in April. – Reuters
12. May 3, Reuters – (Missouri) U.S. kills 39,000 turkeys in outbreak of mild bird flu - OIE. The World Organization for Animal Health announced May 3 that U.S. officials destroyed 39,000 turkeys in Jasper County, Missouri, due to an outbreak of a mild form of H5N1 avian bird flu that was first detected in April. State authorities instituted a quarantine of the farm and have taken surveillance measures to watch for other cases of the virus.
• The California Water Resources Control Board approved a $3.2 million grant May 3 to bring clean water to a mobile home park near Fresno, where 36 households received uranium contaminated tap water for several years. – Associated Press
16. May 3, Associated Press – (California) $3.2 million grant to help cut uranium in trailer park drinking water. The California Water Resources Control Board approved a $3.2 million grant May 3 to bring clean water to the Double L Mobile Rand Park located outside Fresno, where 36 households had received contaminated tap water for several years after officials found dangerous levels of uranium in the water. The grant will pay to install lines from a new well in a nearby town to the trailer park. Source: http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2016/05/03/3-2-million-grant-to-help-cut-uranium-in-trailer-park-drinking-water/
Financial Services Sector
6. May 4, Associated Press – (Rhode Island) New York man pleads guilty to role in ATM skimming scam. A New York man pleaded guilty May 3 to Federal charges for his alleged role in a $709,000 ATM skimming scheme where the man installed skimming devices on ATMs at banks across Rhode Island in order to steal account information from 1,329 victims’ credit cards, and encoded the data onto counterfeit credit cards which were used to make fraudulent purchases. Source: http://www.wacotrib.com/new-york-man-pleads-guilty-to-role-in-atm-skimming/article_1fc1f499-a961-5593-ac6b-7f6b59ed1a94.html
7. May 3, Reuters – (National) 9 accused of losing investors $131M in ForceField Energy scheme. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York announced May 3 charges against 9 stock promoters, brokers, and investor relations officials for defrauding investors into purchasing worthless ForceField Energy Inc., stock from December 2009 – April 2015 by secretly trading the stock in undisclosed accounts, inflating trading volume to create a false sense of demand, and concealing kickbacks to stock promoters and brokers, causing investors $131 million in losses. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission also filed related civil charges against the defendants.
Information Technology Sector
20. May 4, SecurityWeek – (International) Attackers exploit critical ImageMagick vulnerability. Two security researchers discovered a remote code execution (RCE) vulnerability dubbed, “ImageTragick,” was leveraged in the wild and found in the open-source software, ImageMagick. Attackers could exploit the flaw to gain access to the victim’s server by creating an exploit file and assigning the file an image extension to bypass the security check, which tricks ImageMagick into converting the malicious file and activating the malicious code.
21. May 3, Softpedia – (International) Stored XSS bug affects all bbPress WordPress Forum versions. Automattic released its newest version of its WordPress forum plugin, bbPress 2.5.9 that patched a stored cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability after a security researcher from Sucuri found attackers could use the bbPress user mention (@username) system to store malicious code inside forum posts, allowing skilled attackers to craft malicious code to steal cookies from forum admins and impersonate them with elevated privileged on the WordPress backend. Source: http://news.softpedia.com/news/stored-xss-bug-affects-all-bbpress-wordpress-forum-versions-503646.shtml
For another story, see item 4 below from the Critical Manufacturing Sector
4. May 3, Softpedia – (International) Samsung smart home platform exposes door lock codes. Researchers from the University of Michigan and Microsoft discovered two security flaws within Samsung’s SmartThings smart home management platform including a flaw which allowed SmartApps to access more operations on devices than the apps’ functionality requires, and a flaw in SmartThings event subsystem which did not sufficiently protect events that carry sensitive information such as lock pincodes, allowing attackers to open locks on command. Officials from SmartThings reported the flaws have been patched. Source: http://news.softpedia.com/news/samsung-smart-home-platform-exposes-door-lock-codes-503643.shtml
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