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Tuesday, September 2, 2014



Complete DHS Report for September 2, 2014

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· The FBI stated that a suspect known as the “No Boundaries Bandit” was responsible for the August 25 robbery of a TCF Bank branch in River Forest, the twelfth bank robbery linked to the suspect in the Chicago metro area. – Chicago Sun-Times See item 9 below in the Financial Services Sector

· The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection released details of 243 incidents where natural gas drilling operations contaminated private drinking water wells, with most cases occurring in northeastern counties. – Associated Press

18. August 29, Associated Press – (Pennsylvania) Online list IDs Pa. water wells harmed by drilling. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection released details of 243 incidents where natural gas drilling operations contaminated private drinking water wells, with most cases occurring in northeastern counties. Impacts on wells included methane gas contamination, dry wells, wastewater or pollutant spills, or other issues that rendered wells undrinkable. Source: http://www.pressconnects.com/story/news/local/pennsylvania/2014/08/29/gas-drilling-water-contamination/14792457/

· Dell SecureWorks researchers published an analysis of the CryptoWall ransomware and found that it is the largest ransomware threat, extorting at least $1 million from victims, and also reported that researchers detected around 625,000 infected systems between mid-March and late August, encrypting over 5.25 billion files. – The Register See item 24 below in the Information Technology Sector

· A 3-alarm fire August 28 tore through Hilltop United Methodist church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which houses two congregations and the Allentown Senior Citizens Center, causing an estimated $1.5 million in damage. – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

26. August 29, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – (Pennsylvania) Fire rips church that was ‘heartbeat’ of city’s Allentown section. A 3-alarm fire August 28 tore through Hilltop United Methodist church in the Allentown neighborhood of Pittsburgh which houses two congregations and the Allentown Senior Citizens Center. Officials reported that workers performing maintenance on the church’s roof may have accidentally sparked the fire that left an estimated $1.5 million in damage. Source: http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2014/08/28/Fire-hits-Allentown-church-and-senior-center/stories/201408280309

Financial Services Sector

7. August 29, Softpedia – (International) New BlackPoS strain disguises as antivirus service. Researchers with Trend Micro identified a new variant of the BlackPoS point-of-sale (PoS) malware that disguises itself as an antivirus product and contains other changes to improve efficiency and avoid detection. The malware can reach PoS systems by the infection of company servers, breaching network communication, or infecting the PoS device before deployment. Source: http://news.softpedia.com/news/New-BlackPoS-Strain-Disguises-As-Antivirus-Service-456982.shtml

8. August 28, Reuters – (Georgia) Ex-LPL broker ordered to pay $1.9 million in U.S. SEC fraud suit. A Buford man who previously worked as a broker for LPL Financial LLC was ordered by a federal judge to pay over $1.9 million for diverting clients’ funds for his personal use. The man previously agreed to a court order with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission related to the fraud. Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/28/us-sec-broker-fraud-idUSKBN0GS26K20140828

9. August 27, Chicago Sun-Times – (Illinois) FBI: No Boundaries Bandit who robbed Northlake bank strikes in River Forest. The FBI stated that a suspect known as the “No Boundaries Bandit” was responsible for the August 25 robbery of a TCF Bank branch in River Forest, the twelfth bank robbery linked to the suspect in the Chicago metro area. Source: http://franklinpark.suntimes.com/2014/08/28/no-boundaries-bandit-bank-robber-wanted/

10. August 27, Associated Press – (Washington) Police seek clothes-swapping Washington bank robber. The FBI and police are searching for a suspect dubbed the “Quick Change Bandit” thought responsible for three bank robberies in the Puget Sound area of Washington between August 16 and August 18. Source: http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2014/08/police_seek_clothes-swapping_w.html

For additional stories, see items 23 and 25 below in the Information Technology Sector

Information Technology Sector

23. August 29, Softpedia – (International) Hackers steal customer payment data from ClamCase. Keyboard and iPad case manufacturer ClamCase stated that attackers compromised the company’s systems and obtained an undisclosed number of customers’ personal information including names, addresses, and payment card data. The company stated that the attack occurred between April 15 and August 6 and is offering identity theft prevention services to affected customers. Source: http://news.softpedia.com/news/Hackers-Steal-Customer-Payment-Data-From-ClamCase-456961.shtml

24. August 29, The Register – (International) KER-CHING! CryptoWall ransomware scam rakes in $1 MEEELLION. Dell SecureWorks researchers published an analysis of the CryptoWall ransomware and found that it continues to be the largest ransomware threat, extorting at least $1 million from victims. The researchers detected around 625,000 systems infected with the ransomware between mid-March and late August, encrypting over 5.25 billion files, among other findings. Source: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/08/29/cryptowall_analysis/

25. August 29, Help Net Security – (International) Phishers targeting crypto currency and retail sites. The Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) released its report for the second quarter of 2014 (Q2) and found that the number of phishing attacks was the second-highest number since recording began in 2008, with online payment services and cryptocurrency sites being frequent targets, among other findings. Source: http://www.net-security.org/secworld.php?id=17308

For another story, see item 7 above in the Financial Services Sector

Communications Sector

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