Sunday afternoon, lasting in some cases for nearly 24 hours. At Wells Fargo's branches on Monday, customer service representatives asked some customers to come back later in the week because the bank couldn't process mortgage applications and other paperwork. But Avid Modjtabai, head of technology for the nation's fifth largest bank, said on Tuesday that problems with the company's online banking services lasted less than two hours, and customers never lost the ability to make basic ATM transactions, including withdrawing cash and making deposits at Wells Fargo−branded ATMs. San Francisco−based Wells Fargo would not say how many customers or machines were affected by the glitch. The site also slowed down the corporate Websites and created delays at some of the bank's 6,000 branches nationwide. Source: http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/070821/wells_fargo_outage.html?.v=1
August 20, eWeek — Report: 63 percent of malware emerges from U.S. sites. U.S.−based Websites hosting malware are responsible for the majority of malware distributed on the Internet, according to a report by security company Cyveillance. The company's "Online Financial Fraud and Identity Theft Report" found that Web surfers visiting sites based in the United States are more at risk from malware attacks and online identity theft than visitors to sites based in other countries, with more than 63 percent of malware distributed to visitors via tainted U.S.−based Websites. In addition, 25 percent of malware−hosting sites, where the actual binary malware files are hosted and served up, are based in the United States. China leads the way with 34 percent of malware−hosting sites, the report found. Malware drop sites collect sensitive and personally identifiable information; 50 percent of such sites are hosted in the United States, the report found. The Cyveillance report also recorded a 20 percent increase in the aggregate quantity of brands targeted, indicating that phishers continue to change targets. Report: http://www.cyveillance.com/web/docs/WP_Online_Theft_Q2_2007. pdf Source: http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,2173456,00.asp
August 20, Department of Justice — Man sentenced to over six years for fraud and identity theft. U.S. District Judge Andre M. Davis sentenced Ronald Steven Williams, II, age 32, of Severn, MD, on Monday, August 20, to 75 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release for mail fraud and aggravated identity theft, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. Judge Davis also ordered Williams to make full restitution and to forfeit any remaining assets. The full amount of restitution is still to be determined, but is over $120,000. According to the statement of facts presented at his guilty plea, from June 29, 2001 to July 14, 2006, Williams engaged in a number of fraud schemes using the social security numbers and identities of others without their knowledge to obtain personal and corporate extensions of credit for cars, homes, consumer goods and general credit accounts.
Source: http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/md/Public−Affairs/press_releases/p ress07/SevernManSentencedtooverSixYearsforUsingMultipleSSNsa ndIdentitiestoObtainLoans.html
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11. August 21, KXTV (CA)/ Associated Press — Boy hit by ice that fell from plane. A 10−year−old boy in Modesto, CA, was injured Monday morning, August 20, when a chunk of