Friday, September 25, 2015

Complete DHS Report for September 25, 2015

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Top Stories

 • DTE Energy reported September 24 that the Fermi 2 reactor in Newport, Michigan will remain shut down for planned refueling and maintenance following a September 13 manual shutdown due to a cooling system malfunction. – Monroe News

2. September 24, Monroe News – (Michigan) Fermi reactor to stay down for maintenance. DTE Energy reported September 24 that the nuclear reactor at its Fermi 2 power plant in Newport will remain shut down for planned refueling and maintenance work following a September 13 manual shutdown after the plant’s cooling system stopped working. Source:

 • A Carencro, Louisiana woman was arrested September 22 for her alleged role in a nationwide financial fraud scheme that stole over 300 identities and $5 million through the use of fake bank records and fraudulent loan applications. – WAFB 9 Baton Rouge See item 4 below in the Financial Services Sector

 • At least 7 people have been killed and over 2,400 structures destroyed in the Valley, Butte, and Tassajara wildfires burning across California. – NBC News

18. September 23, NBC News – (California) Fourth body found in California’s Valley Fire, as seven now dead in blazes. At least 7 people have been killed in 3 wildfires burning in California, including the Valley Fire, which has burned over 118 square miles and destroyed nearly 2,000 structures, the Butte Fire which has burned about 110 square miles and destroyed 475 homes, and the 1,000-acre Tassajara Fire, which has destroyed 12 homes. Source:

 • A Monterey Park strip mall in California sustained extensive damage September 23 after a 4-alarm fire destroyed 8 businesses and damaged 3 others. – KABC 7 Los Angeles

20. September 23, KABC 7 Los Angeles – (California) Inmate escapes from Sylmar prison camp. Authorities are searching for an inmate who escaped from Holton Conservation Camp in Los Angeles September 22, where he was serving as an inmate firefighter. Source:

Financial Services Sector

4. September 24, WAFB 9 Baton Rouge – (National) Second person arrested in credit fraud scheme that stole 300 identities, $5M. A Carencro woman was arrested September 22 for her alleged role in a nationwide financial fraud scheme that stole more than 300 identities and $5 million by coordinating with forgers to create fake bank records while using stolen identities to get car loans.Source:

5. September 23, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission – (National) SEC charges two Philadelphia area men for defrauding friends and family in private equity fund. Two suspects agreed to pay $6.8 million to settle U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission charges that the suspects allegedly solicited friends and family for investment funds which they diverted for personal expenses. Source:

Information Technology Sector

21. September 24, IDG News Service – (International) Ransomware pushers up their game against small businesses. TrendMicro researchers released analysis revealing that 67 percent of users who clicked on links in CryptoWall and 40 percent who clicked links in TorrentLocker ransomware-related emails were from small and medium businesses in June and July, attributing the percentage to social engineering and a lack of safeguards compared to larger organizations. Source:

22. September 23, Softpedia – (International) Security researcher exposes potentially dangerous privacy flaw in iOS-iTunes connections. A security researcher discovered a privacy-related flaw in iOS and iTunes in which an attacker with physical access to a device could create a backup and potentially access sensitive information simply by accepting the device as “Trusted” in iTunes.Source:

Communications Sector

23. September 24, WNCT 10 Greenville – (North Carolina) Repair complete, widespread outage continues for CenturyLink landlines on Ocracoke Island. CenturyLink reported that 1,093 customers in the Ocracoke Island experienced a network outage affecting landlines September 23 due to failed equipment at the New Bern Central Office. Crews are working on repairs and 9-1-1 service was reportedly affected.

24. September 23, KYUK 640 AM Bethel – (Alaska) Thousands face Internet and phone outage in Western Alaska. A GCI technician reported that customers in Nome, Kotzebue, and Bethel experienced Internet and phone outages September 23 following an error due to a damaged microwave radio. Crews repaired the damage and service was restored. Source: