Friday, November 21, 2014

Complete DHS Report for November 21, 2014

Daily Report

Top Stories
 • Nearly 100,000 gallons of water was allegedly released by vandals following several reports of open fire hydrants in Dickinson, North Dakota, November 16. – Dickinson Press
23. November 18, Dickinson Press – (North Dakota) Dickinson Police investigating fire hydrant vandalism that released 100,000 gallons of water. Nearly 100,000 gallons of water was allegedly released following several reports of open fire hydrants in Dickinson, North Dakota, November 16. Authorities are searching for the suspects involved and are investigating leads. Source:

 • Police shot and killed a gunman on Florida State University campus after he opened fire at the university’s Strozier Library November 20 injuring three students. – WCTV 6 Thomasville
24. November 20, WCTV 6 Thomasville – (Florida) Three students shot at FSU library, gunman killed by police. Police killed a gunman who shot at officers after opening fire at the Strozier Library at Florida State University in Tallahassee November 20 injuring three students. Authorities cleared the scene after several hours and continue to investigate the incident. Source:

 • An accident involving two George County school buses November 19 sent 21 students to area hospitals for minor injuries when the two busses collided on Mississippi Highway 26 in Lucedale, Mississippi. – WALA 10 Mobile
26. November 19, WALA 10 Mobile – (Mississippi) 21 students sent to hospital in school bus accident. An accident involving a George County school bus that was rear-ended by another county bus along Mississippi Highway 26 in Lucedale November 19 caused 21 students to be transported to area hospitals due to injuries. Source:

 • Heavy snow caused a roof to collapse at a warehouse in Cheektowaga, New York, November 19 that also resulted in a natural gas leak, prompting the evacuation of the neighboring Garden Gate Health Care Facility. – Buffalo News (See item 41)
41. November 19, Buffalo News – (New York) Cheektowaga warehouse roof collapse forces evacuation of nearby nursing facility. Heavy snow caused a roof collapse at a warehouse in Cheektowaga November 19 resulting in millions of dollars in damage to the structure and its contents. The collapse also caused a natural gas leak that prompted the evacuation of Garden Gate Health Care Facility. Source:

Financial Services Sector

9. November 19, WXII 12 Winston-Salem – (North Carolina) ‘Striped hoodie bandit’ still wanted after High Point, Asheboro bank robberies. The FBI asked for the public’s help in providing information on a suspect known as the “Striped Hoodie Bandit” responsible for three bank robberies in North Carolina, with the most recent occurring November 18 at a Sun Trust Bank branch in Huntersville. Source:

For another story, see item 39 below in the Information Technology Sector

Information Technology Sector

32. November 20, Threatpost – (International) Attackers using compromised Web plug-ins in CryptoPHP blackhat SEO campaign. Researchers with Fox-IT identified a group of attackers using compromised WordPress themes and plugins to deliver a piece of malware dubbed CryptoPHP that engages in fraudulent search engine optimization (SEO) operations. The malware can also inject content into sites using the compromised plugins and themes, update itself, and perform other tasks. Source:

33. November 20, Securityweek – (International) Developers fix XSS vulnerability in jQuery Validation Plugin script. The developers of the jQuery Validation Plugin issued a fix for a vulnerability present in the plugin’s demo code that could have allowed an attacker to engage in session hijacking using a reflected cross-site scripting (XSS) attack. The code appeared to be first reported in 2007. Source:

34. November 20, Threatpost – (International) Angler exploit kit adds new Flash exploit for CVE-2014-8440. A security researcher reported that the Angler exploit kit has been equipped with an exploit for the CVE-2014-8440 vulnerability in Adobe Flash that can be used to take control of target systems. The vulnerability was patched by Adobe November 11 but unpatched systems remain vulnerable. Source:

35. November 20, Threatpost – (International) Drupal patches denial of service vulnerability; details disclosed. Researchers who identified a denial of service (DoS) vulnerability in the Drupal content management system published details of the vulnerability that could also expose user names following the release of a patch by Drupal November 19 to close the vulnerability. Source:

36. November 19, Securityweek – (International) Chrome 39 includes 42 security fixes, disables fallback to SSL 3.0. Google released version 39 of its Chrome browser, closing 42 security issues, 11 of which were rated as high-severity, adding features, and disabling fallback to SSL 3.0 which could be exploited in POODLE attacks. Source:

37. November 19, Network World – (International) FTC gets federal court to shut down $120M tech support scam. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced November 19 that a federal court granted its request to temporarily shut down two telemarketing operations that allegedly defrauded consumers out of more than $120 million by convincing them to grant the marketers remote access and deceiving them into paying for services and products to solve nonexistent computer problems. The companies involved include PC Cleaner, Boost Software, and Inbound Call Experts, and the defendants are the targets of separate cases filed by the FTC and the State of Florida. Source:

38. November 19, Softpedia – (International) Privilege escalation risk fixed in Android Lollipop, lower versions vulnerable. A researcher who identified and reported a flaw in the Android operating system that could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code released a proof-of-concept for the vulnerability following the November 3 release of a patch that closes the vulnerability in Android Lollipop (also known as Android 5.0). The vulnerability is still present on previous Android versions. Source:

39. November 19, Threatpost – (International) Citadel variant targets password managers. Researchers with IBM Trusteer notified the makers of the nexus Personal Security Client, KeePass, and Password Safe password managers that a new variant of the Citadel malware is targeting the three services in an attempt to steal users’ logins and passwords. Source:

Communications Sector

40. November 19, WINK 11 Fort Myers – (Florida) Police search for cell phone tower copper thieves Officials are searching for the suspects responsible for stealing more than $100,000 worth of copper from Lee County cell phone towers over the course of three months dating back to August. Source: