From: Adrian Courtenay
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: FBI details international Blackshades malware takedown
Date: Wed May 28 12:22:09 MDT 2014
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May 28, 2014


FBI details international Blackshades malware takedown


The FBI New York Field Office and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York have announced the results of a cyber takedown, which included the unsealing of an indictment against Swedish national Alex Yucel and the guilty plea of U.S. citizen Michael Hogue, both of whom law enforcement officials believe co-developed a particularly insidious computer malware known as Blackshades. The software was sold and distributed to thousands of people in more than 100 countries and has been used to infect more than half a million computers worldwide, the FBI says.

Also charged and arrested in the U.S. were an individual who helped market and sell the malware and two Blackshades users who bought the malware and then unleashed it upon unsuspecting computer users, surreptitiously installing it on their hardware.  More 

A blaze that has broken out in the Funny River area of Alaska on the Kenai Peninsula resulting in over 180,000 affected acres was apparently human-caused, authorities say. Authorities ordered an evacuation of over 1,000 homes in the area, which is located roughly 60 miles south of Anchorage. Fortunately, the area is sparsely populated.

Wildfires are not uncommon in remote parts of Alaska during the summer months. According to the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center, an average of one million acres are burned in Alaska during fire season. The size of the Funny River fire is unusual this early in the season; the fire season in Alaska typically runs from June through September. The state has experienced unusually dry conditions due to warmer temperatures in the spring.  More

Setting strong standards for climate-changing carbon emissions from power plants would provide an added bonus -- reductions in other air pollutants that can make people sick; damage forests, crops, and lakes; and harm fish and wildlife. This, according to a study released today by scientists at Syracuse University and Harvard who mapped the potential environmental and human health benefits of power plant carbon standards.

The authors of the new study, Co-benefits of Carbon Standards: Air Pollution Changes under Different 111d Options for Existing Power Plants, use three policy options for the forthcoming EPA rule as a guide to model changes in power plant emissions of four other harmful air pollutants: fine particulate matter, nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, and mercury. The scientists compared the model results with a business-as-usual reference case for the year 2020.  More 


David Fisher

Fairfax, VA-based SRA International, a leading provider of IT solutions and professional services to government organizations, has announced that David Fisher has joined the company as vice president and business transformation officer (BTO).

Fisher will lead a business transformation program to drive continuous process improvement and operational optimization efforts in support of SRA's strategic plan. As BTO, he will help SRA continue to optimize the efficiency and effectiveness of internal business processes, enhancing the focus on providing customers with the best people, ideas and performance.  More    

Since 2009, the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) has required U.S. and Canadian travelers, including members of the Cattaragus/Allegany Territories Seneca Nation of Indians, to present a passport or other WHTI-approved document that denotes identity and citizenship when entering the U.S. at land or sea borders while traveling within the western hemisphere. A result of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, the goal of WHTI is to facilitate entry while strengthening U.S. border security. Standard documents enable the DHS to quickly and reliably identify a traveler.  More 


Oakbrook Terrace, IL-based VASCO Data Security International, a provider of authentication, digital signatures, and identity management, has announced that it has executed an agreement to acquire Risk IDS, a provider of risk-based authentication solutions to the global banking community.

Risk IDS provides online transaction risk management and intelligent authentication decision solutions. The core technology is a Dynamic Challenge Platform that is optimized for stability and high volume.  More    

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