Complete DHS Report for May 7, 2014
• A 4-alarm fire at the Martin Drake Power Plant in Colorado May 5 closed the plant indefinitely, left one worker with minor injuries, prompted the evacuation of employees, and the voluntary evacuation of nearby residents. – Denver Post
1. May 6, Denver Post – (Colorado) Martin Drake Power Plant in Colorado Springs closed after fire. A 4-alarm fire at the Martin Drake Power Plant in Colorado Springs May 5 left 1 contract employee with minor injuries, prompted the evacuation of employees, and the voluntary evacuation of residents in a 3-block radius, while firefighters worked to contain the blaze. The plant is closed indefinitely while authorities investigate the incident and determine the extent of damage. Source: http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_25699171/martin-drake-power-plant-has-heavy-fire-burning
• Interstate 15 in Hesperia, California, was expected to remain closed in both directions for about 2 days after a construction worker accidentally ignited the wooden supports of the Ranchero Road overpass bridge with a blow torch May 5. – Associated Press
7. May 5, Associated Press – (California) I-15 closes NE of Los Angeles after bridge fire. Interstate 15 in Hesperia was expected to remain closed in both directions for about 2 days after a construction worker accidentally ignited the wooden supports of the Ranchero Road overpass bridge with a blow torch May 5. Officials recommended alternate routes until bridge repairs are complete. Source: http://news.msn.com/us/i-15-closes-ne-of-los-angeles-after-bridge-fire
• More than 300,000 gallons of sewage spilled into the Bush River in Harford County, Maryland, after heavy rains April 30 caused the Bill Bass pumping station and the East Baker Avenue pumping station to overflow. – WBAL 11 Baltimore
15. May 5, WBAL 11 Baltimore – (Maryland) Sewage spills in Bush River in Harford County. More than 300,000 gallons of sewage spilled into the Bush River in Harford County after heavy rains April 30 caused the Bill Bass pumping station and the East Baker Avenue pumping station to overflow. Source: http://www.wbaltv.com/news/sewage-spills-in-bush-river-in-harford-county/25822146
• The Intracoastal Waterway levee at the Bay-Walton County line in Panama City, Florida, was breached due to heavy rains causing officials to shut down barge traffic which transports gasoline to the local market, in turn creating a gas shortage at several stations. – WJHG 7 Panama City
29. May 6, WJHG 7 Panama City – (Florida) Intracoastal waterway shut-down results in empty gas pumps. The Intracoastal Waterway levee at the Bay-Walton County line in Panama City was breached due to heavy rains the week of April 28, causing officials to shut down barge traffic which transports gasoline to the local market, in turn creating a gas shortage at several stations. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimated the cost to completely repair the levee at up to $5 million. Source: http://www.wjhg.com/home/headlines/258031171.html
Financial Services Sector
3. May 6, Softpedia – (International) Casino operator Affinity Gaming hacked again. Casino operator Affinity Gaming reported that their systems were compromised in a data breach that allowed attackers to access the company’s system for processing credit and debit cards at its casinos. The company was investigating and was unsure of how many customers were impacted or for how long attackers had access to the systems. Source: http://news.softpedia.com/news/Casino-Operator-Affinity-Gaming-Hacked-Again-440724.shtml
4. May 5, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission – (International) SEC charges Toronto-based consultant and four others in reverse merger schemes involving China-based companies. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charged a Toronto, Canada-based consultant and four associates May 5 with conducting illegal reverse mergers in order to bring two China-based companies into U.S. markets and manipulate trading in order to make millions of dollars in illicit profits. The consultant and two associates agreed to settlements with the SEC and to pay over $9 million, while litigation continues against the other two associates. Source: http://www.sec.gov/News/PressRelease/Detail/PressRelease/1370541731661
5. May 5, Softpedia – (International) Man suspected of hacking Swiss banks arrested in Thailand. A Moroccan citizen was arrested by authorities in Thailand on suspicion of working with 10 others to compromise the accounts of several Swiss bank customers and steal around $18 million. The suspect is pending extradition to Switzerland. Source: http://news.softpedia.com/news/Man-Suspected-of-Hacking-Swiss-Banks-Arrested-in-Thailand-440641.shtml
6. May 2, KCRA 3 Sacramento – (California) Granite Bay man arrested, accused of $6.8M fraud. A Granite Bay man who owned and operated National Credit Acceptance Inc., was arrested May 2 and charged with 6 counts of bank and wire fraud for allegedly defrauding a bank of $6.8 million by misleading the bank regarding a line of credit that he used for business expenses and to acquire additional funds from the bank. Source: http://www.kcra.com/news/local-news/news-sacramento/granite-bay-man-arrested-accused-of-68m-fraud/25784918
Information Technology Sector
22. May 6, Help Net Security – (International) Windows flaw allows access to data after accounts are revoked. Researchers at Aorato found that disabled, deleted, expired, or locked-out accounts in Microsoft Windows networks can remain valid for up to 10 hours after being revoked, potentially allowing attackers to use the accounts to gain access to company data. Source: http://www.net-security.org/secworld.php?id=16805
23. May 6, Softpedia – (International) DrawQuest shut down after hackers gain access to Amazon servers. DrawQuest shut down its free drawing community service following a compromise of its systems where attackers used the service’s Amazon account to order hundreds of expensive servers. There was no indication that users’ encrypted passwords were stolen, though users were advised to change their passwords as a precaution. Source: http://news.softpedia.com/news/DrawQuest-Shut-Down-After-Hackers-Gain-Access-to-Amazon-Servers-440758.shtml
24. May 5, Reuters – (Arizona) Workers exposed to chemical leak at Intel plant in Arizona. Two workers at an Intel Corp. plant near Phoenix were taken to a hospital for observation after a spill of around 100 gallons of ammonium hydroxide caused by a construction crew that accidentally cut into a pipe. Source: http://kfgo.com/news/articles/2014/may/05/seven-workers-exposed-in-hazmat-situation-at-intel-plant-in-arizona/
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