Monday, March 4, 2013
Complete DHS Daily Report for March 4, 2013
• The F-35 Joint Program Office and engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney announced February 28 that the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter was cleared to resume flights, after a crack in an engine turbine blade led to the grounding of the aircraft. – Defense News
2. February 28, Defense News – (International) F-35 cleared for flight. The F-35 Joint Program Office and engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney announced February 28 that the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter was cleared to resume flights, after a crack in an engine turbine blade led to the grounding of the aircraft. Source: http://www.defensenews.com/article/20130228/DEFREG02/302280031
• A real estate fund fraud, which cost investors $85 million, prompted the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to sue a California businessman and two others for their alleged role in the scheme. – Bloomberg News See item 5 below in the Banking and Finance Sector
• Two former postal workers pleaded guilty to charges of the theft of over $3.5 million government benefit checks and tax refunds from an Atlanta mail distribution facility. – Associated Press
7. March 1, Associated Press – (Georgia) Ex-postal workers plead guilty in Atlanta to stealing checks. Two former postal workers charged with stealing over $3.5 million in government benefit checks and tax refunds from a mail distribution facility in Atlanta pleaded guilty. Source: http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2013/mar/01/ex-postal-workers-plead-guilty-atlanta-stealing-ch/
• 200 firefighters worked to control a February 28 wildfire that started in Jurupa Valley, California and destroyed 200 acres. – Reuters
24. March 1, Reuters – (California) Firefighters battle southern California wildfire. A
February 28 wildfire that started in Jurupa Valley, California was 30 percent contained by March 1 as 200 firefighters worked to control the blaze. Investigators are still determining the cause. Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/01/us-wildfire-california-idUSBRE9200LX20130301
Banking and Finance Sector
3. March 1, Associated Press – (Mississippi; Florida; Louisiana) Man indicted in investment fraud scheme. A federal jury issued an indictment against a Louisiana man for allegedly running an investment fraud scheme that defrauded investors of $13 million. Source: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/03/01/3260625/man-indicted-in-investment-fraud.html
4. February 28, Associated Press – (Maryland) Md. Man indicted on securities fraud; allegedly ran Ponzi scheme. A Maryland man was charged with wire fraud and securities fraud for allegedly running a Ponzi scheme that defrauded investors of $25 million. Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/md-man-indicted-on-securities-fraud-allegedly-ran-ponzi-scheme/2013/02/28/e8342a64-820c-11e2-a671-0307392de8de_story.html
5. February 28, Bloomberg News – (California; Oregon; Washington) SEC sues California man alleging real estate fund fraud. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission sued a California businessman and two others for allegedly running a real estate fund fraud that cost investors more than $85 million. Source: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2013-02-28/sec-sues-california-man-alleging-real-estate-fund-fraud
Information Technology Sector
18. March 1, Help Net Security – (International) New Java 0-day exploited in ongoing attacks. Researchers at FireEye detected and reported a new Java zero-day vulnerability that allows arbitrary read and write, and noted attacks using the vulnerability that drop the McRAT trojan on targets’ systems. Source: http://www.net-security.org/secworld.php?id=14530
19. March 1, Softpedia – (International) Flaw in Chrome, Safari, IE and Opera exploited to fill disks with pictures of cats. A researcher created a proof-of-concept video showing how Web browsers, Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer (IE), and Opera can be exploited to write large amounts of data to users’ hard drives. Source: http://news.softpedia.com/news/Flaw-in-Chrome-Safari-IE-and-Opera-Exploited-to-Fill-Disks-With-Pictures-of-Cats-Video-333653.shtml
20. February 28, All Access Music Group– (West Virginia; Florida) FCC proposes fines against Casper, WY cluster for public file violations. After an inspection where multiple stations were missing consecutive quarters of issues and programs lists, the Federal Communications Commission proposed four separate $15,000 fines against Mount Rushmore Broadcasting Inc. at their Casper cluster. Another fine of $15,000 was announced for the operation of an unlicensed station in West Palm Beach. Source: http://www.allaccess.com/net-news/archive/story/115851/fcc-proposes-fines-against-casper-wy-cluster-for-p
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