Friday, July 29, 2016
July 27, Associated Press – (Oklahoma) AT&T: Oklahoma’s 911 emergency telephone service restored. AT&T Inc., reported that emergency 9-1-1 service was restored after call routing was impacted for approximately 2 hours July 27 in portions of Oklahoma. The company is investigating the source of the outage, which involved a power issue at a facility in the Oklahoma City area.
July 27, SecurityWeek – (International) PayPal abused in banking trojan distribution
campaign. Proofpoint security researchers discovered malicious actors were
distributing the Chthonic banking trojan, a variant of the Zeus malware, via legitimate-
looking PayPal emails to request money from users by sending money request
messages claiming an illicit $100 transfer was made to the victim’s account which
could be returned by clicking the malicious Goo.gl link that redirects the user to
“katyaflash[.]com/pp.php,” where the malware is downloaded onto the device in the
server. Researchers discovered the malware was also downloading a previously
undocumented second-stage payload dubbed AZORult.
Source: http://www.securityweek.com/paypal-abused-banking-trojan-distribution- campaign
July 27, U.S. Department of Agriculture – (Colorado) Good Food Concepts, LLC D.B.A. Ranch Foods Direct recalls non-intact beef products due to possible E.coli O157:H7 contamination. Good Food Concepts, LLC, doing business as Ranch Foods Direct, issued a recall July 26 for approximately 2,606 pounds of its non-intact beef products sold in 25 variations due to potential E.coli O157:H7 contamination after Federal health officials discovered a potential link between the beef products and an E.coli O157:H7 illness outbreak in Colorado. The products were distributed to wholesale and retail locations in Colorado.
The U.S. promised $300 million, the U.K. 72 million pounds ($94 million) and the European Union 60 million euros ($66 million), representatives said Tuesday at the launch of the appeal in Botswana's capital, Gaborone. More than $40 million has been released from the United Nations' emergency fund to help with responses to the crisis caused by the El Nino weather phenomenon, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said.
Police have arrested a senior official from Zimbabwe's war veterans' association after it accused President Robert Mugabe of "dictatorial" behaviour in a shock rupture with the 92-year-old leader, lawyers said Thursday.
Veterans of Zimbabwe's 1970s independence war, who had previously been loyal Mugabe supporters, last week issued a statement bitterly denouncing the president, who faces growing signs of opposition.
Douglas Mahiya, spokesman for the War Veterans' Association, was arrested late Wednesday in Harare, according to the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) group.
Reports this week from the front lines of the Sand Fire in Southern California painted the scene as apocalyptic. The drought-fueled blaze was explosive, fast-moving and devastating, burning through 38,000 acres in the Santa Clarita Valley and forcing the evacuation of more than 10,000 homes.
In the lead-up to an international court ruling on China's claims in the South China Sea this month, United States officials talked about rallying a coalition to impose "terrible" costs to Beijing's international reputation if flouted the court's decision.
But just two weeks after the July 12 announcement by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague - which at least on paper, appeared to be a humiliating defeat for China - the U.S. strategy appears to be unraveling and the court's ruling is in danger of becoming irrelevant.
Severe floods in India have affected more than 1.6 million people, buried hundreds of villages and almost submerged a national park, forcing wildlife to seek refuge on roads, authorities said on Wednesday.
With the weather office forecasting heavy rain for at least another 48 hours, the outlook is grim for the northeastern tea-growing state of Assam, which suffered its worst floods four years ago that killed 124 people and displaced six million.
In neighboring Nepal, flash floods and landslides swept through villages, killing at least 58 people over two days, home ministry official Yadav Koirala told Reuters on Wednesday.
United Nations News Centre - Root causes of Boko Haram threat in Lake Chad Basin must be tackled – UN political chief
27 July 2016 – To bring an end to the Boko Haram threat in the Lake Chad Basin region, affected countries must address the root causes that contributed to the emergence of the group, including the social, economic and political grievances of marginalized communities, the top United Nations political affairs official said today.
"A military approach, while essential, will not bring end to the Boko Haram threat," Jeffrey Feltman, the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, told the Security Council in his briefing on peace and security in Africa.
28 July 2016 – While welcoming recent political developments recently observed in West Africa, the United Nations Security Council today stressed the need to increase military cooperation between the States in the region and Sahel to fight against the terrorist group Boko Haram.
In a Presidential Statement approved by the body, the Council's 15 members welcomed political developments including, the holding of elections "free and peaceful" in Niger, Benin and Cabo Verde. At the same time, they stressed the importance of ensuring the forthcoming elections in Ghana and Gambia are also "free, fair, peaceful, inclusive and credible."
The Council, however, expressed specific concern over recent political events in Guinea-Bissau and called on national actors "to respect the Constitution and the rule of law, while trying to find a political solution to the crisis."
United Nations News Centre - With planting season weeks away, millions in drought-hit southern Africa need support – UN
28 July 2016 – Some 23 million people in southern Africa are in need of urgent support to be able to produce enough food to feed themselves and avoid being dependent on humanitarian assistance until mid-2018, the United Nations agricultural agency has warned.
According to the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), if farmers are not able to plant by October, the result will be another reduced harvest early next year, severely affecting food and nutrition security as well as livelihoods in the region.
"The main way people are able to access food is through what they themselves produce. Assisting them to do this will provide lifesaving support in a region where at least 70 percent of people rely on agriculture for their livelihoods," David Phiri, FAO Subregional Coordinator for Southern Africa, said in a news release issued by the agency.