Complete DHS Daily Report for July 12, 2013
Complete DHS Daily Report for July 12, 2013
• Shell Oil reached a settlement with federal agencies to spend at least $115 million to control harmful air pollution and pay a $2.6 million civil penalty to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Air Act at a refinery and chemical plant in Deer Park, Texas.– U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
3. July 10, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – (Texas) Shell Oil to spend over $115 million to reduce harmful air pollution at Houston area refinery and chemical plant. Shell Oil and their affiliated partners reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency July 10 to spend at least $115 million to control harmful air pollution from industrial flares and other processes and pay a $2.6 million civil penalty to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Air Act at a refinery and chemical plant in Deer Park, Texas. Source: http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/0/2EEA246FC5060F0985257BA4004D00C8
• Crews continued to battle the Carpenter 1 Fire near Las Vegas, reaching 15 percent containment July 11 after fires burned through 28,000 acres. – KLAS 8 Las Vegas
26. July 11, KLAS 8 Las Vegas – (Nevada) Carpenter 1 Fire increases to 44 square miles. Crews continued to battle the Carpenter 1 Fire near Las Vegas, reaching 15 percent containment July 11 after fires burned through 28,000 acres. Source: http://www.8newsnow.com/story/22815343/breaking-news-carpenter-1-fire-grows-to-28000-acres
• Officials confiscated ten-thousand marijuana plants worth $40 million in street-value from Santa Clara County, California’s Henry Coe State Park July 10. – KNTV 11 San Jose
33. July 10, KNTV 11 San Jose – (California) Thousands of marijuana plants uprooted deep inside Santa Clara County Park. Officials confiscated 10,000 marijuana plants worth $40 million in street-value from Santa Clara County’s Henry Coe State Park July 10. California Fish and Wildlife authorities stated the growth of the illegal plants creates huge environmental damage as growers dam streams and use illegal pesticides and fertilizers. Source: http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Thousands-of-Marijuana-Plants-Uprooted-Deep-Inside-Santa-Clara-County-Park-215005671.html
• Extreme rainfall and runoff in the Tennessee Valley prompted the Tennessee Valley Authority to release excess water from several dams along the Tennessee River’s 652 miles in an effort to relieve areas in danger of flooding. – Mississippi State Journal
45. July 11, Mississippi Business Journal – (Alabama; Mississippi; Tennessee) High water has TVA spilling at dams; farmland to be impacted. Extreme rainfall and runoff in the Tennessee Valley prompted the Tennessee Valley Authority to release or spill excess water from 10 to 20 tributary dams and all 9 main channel dams along the Tennessee River’s 652 miles in an effort to relieve areas in danger of flooding. The spilling is expected to last 1-2 weeks and has already impacted farmland and caused flooding in several cities along the Tennessee River, prompting authorities to close recreational areas temporarily. Source: http://msbusiness.com/blog/2013/07/11/high-water-has-tva-spilling-at-dams-farmland-to-be-impacted/
Banking and Finance Sector
6. July 11, Softpedia – (Hawaii) Roy’s warns Hawaii restaurant customers of data breach. The owners of Roy’s restaurants notified customers that payment card information might have been stolen from several locations in Hawaii between February 1 and February 25 after malware was found on a company computer. Source: http://news.softpedia.com/news/Roy-s-Warns-Hawaii-Restaurant-Customers-of-Data-Breach-367321.shtml
7. July 10, Corvallis Gazette-Times – (Oregon; California; Washington) Local credit union reports $80,000 in credit card fraud. OSU Federal Credit Union in Corvallis, Oregon, reported that more than $80,000 of fraudulent charges were made on members’ credit cards between June 8 and June 26 at locations in Oregon, Washington, and California, while an additional $73,000 of charges were denied. Source: http://www.gazettetimes.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/local-credit-union-reports-in-credit-card-fraud/article_70619e22-e8dc-11e2-82ec-001a4bcf887a.html
8. July 10, WRAL 5 Raleigh – (North Carolina) Feds pursue mortgage fraud in NC. Federal authorities revealed charges against several mortgage brokers, attorneys, and real estate professionals in the Raleigh area July 10, including charges against eight individuals who used straw buyers to obtain $20 million in mortgage loan disbursements and $5 million in loan proceeds over 6 years. Source: http://www.wral.com/feds-pursue-mortgage-fraud-in-nc/12646693/
Information Technology Sector
35. July 11, The Register – (International) HP admits to backdoors in storage products. Hewlitt-Packard (HP) issued a security advisory after an undocumented administrator account was discovered in its StoreVirtual products. The vulnerability can be remotely exploited to disrupt devices and wipe data. Source: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/07/11/hp_prepping_fix_for_latest_storage_vuln/
36. July 11, Softpedia – (International) Shadowlock ransomware tells victims to complete survey to unlock their PCs. Symantec discovered a piece of ransomware dubbed Trojan.Shadowlock that prompts users to answer survey questions to unlock their computers. The trojan also contains a variety of other functions that are as-yet unused. Source: http://news.softpedia.com/news/Shadowlock-Ransomware-Tells-Victims-to-Complete-Surveys-to-Unlock-Their-PCs-367423.shtml
37. July 10, Softpedia – (International) 3 Ukrainians believed to be responsible for Styx exploit kit. A security researcher believes he has identified the individuals behind the recent Styx exploit kit as three individuals from Ukraine. Source: http://news.softpedia.com/news/3-Ukrainians-Believed-to-Be-Responsible-for-Styx-Exploit-Kit-367050.shtml
38. July 10, The H – (International) Bluebox releases scanner for Android signing hole. Bluebox released an app to scan whether an Android device is vulnerable to a recent Android vulnerability that allows the covert modification of APK files. Source: http://www.h-online.com/security/news/item/Bluebox-releases-scanner-for-Android-signing-hole-1915424.html
For another story, see item 6 above in the Banking and Finance Sector
39. July 11, KHSL 12 Chico – (California) KHSL/KNVN is back up and running on all T.V. providers. Television stations KHSL and KNVN reported they were out of service again after a break in their fiber optics line believed to be fixed July 10 failed. The stations reported they did not know when the line break would be fixed. Source: http://www.khsltv.com/content/localnews/story/KHSL-KNVN-is-back-up-and-running-on-all-T-V/IR1tTG5dh0i0INLVJk0L_Q.cspx
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