Skip to main content


News & Events

If you want to be in the know about what’s going on at our organization, you’ve come to the right place.

Be sure to check back regularly to get our latest news updates.

As part of its ongoing work to aid hurricane relief efforts, today the Department of Education released new non-regulatory guidance to help Department grantees and program participants remove barriers to restoring teaching and learning environments and to expediting the recovery process for all those impacted by the recent hurricanes.

Due to recent Netflix related phishing emails in the UK, we feel it's important to keep an eye out for this scam and others like it.


Tags: netflixphishPieter Arntzscam

(Read more...)

The post Netflix scam warning appeared first on Malwarebytes Labs.

Washington Building on her remarks from September 7, 2017, regarding the Department's commitment to protecting all students from discrimination, today U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced the release of a new interim Q&A for schools on how to investigate and adjudicate allegations of campus sexual misconduct under federal law.

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today announced the approval of Massachusetts' consolidated state plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

With the first day of the UK's biggest gaming event, EGX, opening its doors, we decided to roundup the most common gaming threats we see on a daily basis.


Tags: consoleemulatorsgamesgamingMobilepcscamssteamvideo games

(Read more...)

The post Don’t let these gaming threats give you a Game Over appeared first on Malwarebytes Labs.

U.S. Department of Labor Awards Nearly $1.5 Million For Women in Apprenticeships and Nontraditional Occupations

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today awarded $1,492,095 to support the recruitment, training, and retention of women in skilled occupations.

The Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations grant program funds community-based organizations that provide employers and labor unions with one or more of the following types of technical assistance:

  • Pre-apprenticeship or nontraditional skills training programs;
  • Ongoing orientations for employers, unions and workers on creating a successful environment for women to succeed in these careers; and
  • Support groups and facilitating networks for women to improve their retention.

“Apprenticeships in the trades offer great opportunities for women to acquire the skills necessary for family-sustaining jobs,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta.

Women are severely underrepresented in apprenticeship programs, and in high-growth, high-wage occupations generally. While women make up nearly half of the U.S. labor force, they comprise less than 10 percent of apprentices.

Apprenticeships offer workers a pathway to the middle class and helps companies recruit, develop, and retain a highly skilled workforce.  In addition to their long history in skilled trades such as construction, apprenticeships are also increasingly found in emerging and high-growth industries like energy, health care, and information technology.

The 2017 grants are administered by the Department’s Women’s Bureau. For information about the program see the Department’s FAQ.

Organization Name


Award Amount

Aroostook County Action Program, Inc.



West Virginia Women Work, Inc.



Full Employment Council, Inc.



Career Training Institute






Release Date: 
Contact Name: 

Joe Versen

Phone Number: 
Release Number: 
Share page with AddThis
U.S. Department of Labor to Provide Immediate Grants and Assistance for Hurricane Maria Recovery Efforts

WASHINGTON, DC – As with Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, the U.S. Department of Labor, in cooperation with the territories and local partners, is setting aside funding, making grants to assess workforce needs, and providing additional regulatory flexibilities in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico in response to Hurricane Maria. U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta has directed the Department to assist the residents and businesses in affected areas, and the Department will continue to work cooperatively with the territories to assess needs as they develop. The Department has taken the steps set forth below.

“My thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by Hurricane Maria,” Secretary Acosta said. “The Department of Labor is deploying resources to assess workforce needs. Throughout our history, Americans have shown resilience during times of hardship. We are strong, and we will come together to help our fellow citizens in need.”

Labor Department activities to assist states and territories include:

  • The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) will continue to provide Disaster Dislocated Worker Grants to assess workforce needs. The disbursement of funding will be determined as needs are assessed by the territories and local partners.
  • ETA is assisting in administering Disaster Unemployment Assistance. This assistance may also become available to other jurisdictions impacted by Hurricane Maria if additional disaster declarations are made.
  • ETA and the Department’s Office of Disability Employment Policy will make funding available from Disability Employment Initiative grants to provide services, medical equipment, and other resources to individuals with disabilities who are affected by this year’s hurricanes.
  • As it did in response to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) is temporarily waiving certain requirements and deadlines related to retirement plans and group health plans, and is coordinating with other federal agencies that regulate employee benefit plans on relief for employers, other plan sponsors, and plan participants and beneficiaries affected by the hurricanes. For example, EBSA is working with the Internal Revenue Service to make it easier for workers to get loans and distributions from 401(k) and other retirement plans and to give employers more time to file the Form 5500 Annual Return/Report for their employee benefit plans. 
  • The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs is temporarily suspending select federal contractor requirements, allowing businesses involved in hurricane relief the ability to prioritize recovery efforts. 
  • The Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) is working with its grantees to identify flexibilities and additional funding needs for its programs, including the Departments of Labor for Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands; affected Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program grantees; and the affected military bases where the Transition Assistance Program’s Employment Workshops are provided. VETS’ staff stands ready to offer assistance to employers, members of the National Guard and Reserves, and members of the National Disaster Medical System and Urban Search and Rescue service who may be deployed in support of rescue and recovery operations.
  • The Wage and Hour Division will be triaging all calls in the affected areas to continue to provide uninterrupted service to workers and employers.
  • The Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) plans to issue a special enforcement advisory that would temporarily ease reporting and other regulatory burdens on labor organizations, labor relations consultants, and employers affected by Hurricane Maria. Advisories will be sent by email to OLMS and Department stakeholders.
  • The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is helping employers keep their workers safe during cleanup and recovery operations by providing a number of hurricane and flood resources.
  • Most OSHA programmed enforcement actions will cease in the affected areas to avoid disrupting recovery operations. An OSHA Emergency Response Team will provide compliance assistance.
  • OSHA is actively engaged with the National Response Team and the interagency response to the hurricane and flooding. It is working with the Federal Emergency Management Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Homeland Security, and other federal agencies to coordinate strategies for the recovery.
  • Public Service Announcements emphasizing the need to work safely in English and Spanish will be broadcast in affected areas during recovery efforts.

As the severity and geographical extent of the damage becomes known, the Department will monitor activities and take additional actions as necessary.

Release Date: 
Contact Name: 

Egan Reich

Phone Number: 
Release Number: 
Share page with AddThis
Threat actors leverage a Microsoft Office exploit to spy on their victims. In this blog post, we will review its delivery mechanism and analyze the malware we observed, a modified version of a commercial Remote Administration Tool (RAT).


Tags: CP2000CVE-2017-0199docexploitIRSmalspammalwareOfficephishingratremote administration toolRMSspyword

(Read more...)

The post Fake IRS notice delivers customized spying tool appeared first on Malwarebytes Labs.

In the week ending September 16, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 259,000, a decrease of 23,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised down by 2,000 from 284,000 to 282,000. The 4-week moving average was 268,750, an increase of 6,000 from the previous week's revised average. This is the highest level for this average since June 4, 2016 when it was 269,500. The previous week's average was revised down by 500 from 263,250 to 262,750.

Release Date: 
Release Number: 
Share page with AddThis
CHICAGO — A federal indictment unsealed this week charges nine alleged members of the Four Corner Hustlers street gang with participating in a criminal organization that murdered six people and violently protected drug-dealing territories on the West and Southwest Sides of Chicago.

United States Attorney Gregory Haanstad announced today that twenty-one (21) defendants have been charged in federal court with conspiracy related to the distribution of cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine. The nineteen (19) individuals below have been arrested and are in custody:

If you’re a high school student in rural America, it’s not always easy to get to school. You may have to travel a lot farther than you would in the city.

Last week was one of the most rejuvenating weeks I have experienced in a long time; it began in Detroit, Michigan, and finished in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. Despite great differences between the two in cultures and contexts, I saw a steady and strong commitment to improving equity in education despite significant hardships […]

Last month, the FTC announced the recovery of 10 million dollars from Advanced Tech Support. If you were a victim of ATS, also known as Inbound Call Experts (ICE), you might be able to get a partial refund of what they scammed from you.


Tags: Advanced Tech SupportfraudFTCscamtech support scamTSS

(Read more...)

The post FTC providing partial refunds for Advanced Tech Support victims appeared first on Malwarebytes Labs.

New Research and App to Combat Child Labor and Modern Slavery
Child Labor Report Calls for Accelerated Action, and Comply Chain App Helps Businesses Rid Labor Abuses in Global Supply Chains

WASHINGTON, DC – ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ The U.S. Department of Labor today released an update of its annual child labor report – representing the most comprehensive research product to date on the state of child labor in over 130 countries worldwide. The Department simultaneously released a new mobile app, Comply Chain, designed to help businesses root out child labor and forced labor from global supply chains.

New Research and App to Combat Child Labor and Modern Slavery.

The announcement follows International Labor Organization (ILO) figures released yesterday estimating there are still over 152 million child laborers and 25 million forced laborers worldwide. While the child labor estimates represent a nearly 40 percent reduction, or 94 million fewer children, since the ILO began measuring the global prevalence of child labor over 15 years ago, the pace of change has markedly declined over the past four years compared with previous periods.

“Although we have made significant progress, the 2016 ILO figures show that child labor and modern slavery persist. These practices generate profit for the perpetrators, rob children of their innocence, adults of their dignity, and create an uneven playing field for businesses that play by the rules,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. “We must make these injustices a relic of the past. This report and new app chart a path forward by creating a fast track to more effective action.”

New Research and App to Combat Child Labor and Modern Slavery.

“This is not about naming and shaming. This is about promoting proven strategies,” said Martha Newton, Deputy Undersecretary for International Affairs at the U.S. Department of Labor. “By putting the right data and the right tools in the right hands, we make better decisions and get results that make a meaningful difference in the lives of vulnerable children and their families.”

Concrete Actions for Governments and a Tool for Businesses

The sixteenth annual edition of the Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor recognizes the efforts of 135 countries and territories around the world to address child labor and assesses whether each country has made significant, moderate, minimal, or no advancement over the past year. In 2016, 23 countries made a significant advancement in their efforts to address child labor, more than ever before. The report also details substantial actions that countries will need to take to continue to make progress towards eliminating child labor.

Less than a third of the countries assessed had adequately staffed labor inspectorates and less than half authorize their inspectorates to assess penalties for violations. The report also identifies new concerning trends emerging over the past year, including young children being used to traffic small quantities of drugs within their countries and children being coerced into performing sex acts for live internet broadcasts in small internet cafes, private homes, or windowless dungeon-like buildings.

To curb such abuses, the report suggests more than 1,700 country-specific actions that governments can implement to accelerate the fight against child labor. Of these recommendations, 1,100 relate to improvements in and enforcement of laws, indicating the urgent need for additional progress in holding those who perpetrate abuses accountable.

New Research and App to Combat Child Labor and Modern Slavery.

To help businesses do their part in ending child labor and forced labor, the Department’s new mobile application, Comply Chain: Business Tools for Labor Compliance in Global Supply Chains, provides companies clear and detailed guidance on how to develop robust social compliance systems in their global supply chains. The easy-to-use tool assists companies, including suppliers, in identifying, rectifying, and preventing labor abuses in the goods they produce. The free resource is available for download on both iOS and Android platforms.

Also accompanying the release of the report is an updated version of the Sweat & Toil smart phone app, which contains information on goods produced by child labor or forced labor and the latest findings on government’s efforts to address child labor. It makes thousands of pages of data portable, searchable, and accessible in every corner of the globe. 

New Research and App to Combat Child Labor and Modern Slavery.

ILAB is a world leader in the fight to eradicate global labor abuses. The Bureau combats child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking by:

  • Researching and reporting evidence to inform U.S. foreign policy, trade policy, and cooperation initiatives;
  • Engaging with governments, businesses, and stakeholders to ensure that each do their part; and
  • Piloting innovative strategies in over 90 countries to eliminate the most hazardous and exploitative forms of child and forced labor.

More information is available at Printed versions of the reports are available from the Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor and Human Trafficking, Bureau of International Labor Affairs, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave. NW, Room S-5315, Washington, DC 20210. Inquiries can also be made via telephone at 202-693-4843, fax at 202-693-4830 or email at

Join the conversation on Twitter by using #EndChildLabor #EndForcedLabor #EndHumanTrafficking and tagging @USDOL.

Release Date: 
Contact Name: 

Egan Reich

Phone Number: 
Release Number: 
Share page with AddThis


Provides Consumers with Vehicle History Information

WASHINGTON – The Office of Justice Programs’ (OJP) Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) recommended today that in light of the anticipated high volume of flood-damaged automobiles in the aftermath of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, consumers educate themselves about a vehicle’s history before making any purchase decisions. Overseen by BJA, the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS) is designed to prevent concealment of flood damage and other vehicle histories.

After past hurricane events, authorities reported truckloads of flooded vehicles being taken out of the impact zone where they were dried out, cleaned and readied for sale to unsuspecting consumers in states that do not brand flood vehicles. It is currently estimated that due to Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, as many as 1 million flood-damaged automobiles could potentially be passed on to unsuspecting buyers in the coming weeks and months.

The floods caused by or associated with these hurricanes have resulted in severe water damage to thousands of vehicles that can make electrical systems and airbag sensors prone to failure. Prior to purchasing a vehicle, NMVTIS allows consumers to find information on the vehicle's title, most recent odometer reading and brand history. A “brand” is a descriptive label that states assign to a vehicle to identify the vehicle's current or prior condition, such as “junk,” “salvage” or “flood” designation. By capturing into one system specific information from multiple entities such as state motor vehicle departments, insurance carriers, salvage auto auctions, automobile recyclers, and junk and salvage yards, NMVTIS offers states and consumers protection from title fraud and potentially unsafe vehicles.

“BJA remains committed to ensuring the consumer protection benefits provided by NMVTIS,” said Acting BJA Director Tracey Trautman. “We encourage prospective purchasers to consider obtaining a NMVTIS vehicle history report and have the vehicle checked by a trusted mechanic as part of making an informed used car-buying decision.” The list of approved NMVTIS vehicle history report providers can be found on the official NMVTIS website at:

About the Office of Justice Programs
The Office of Justice Programs, headed by Acting Assistant Attorney General Alan R. Hanson, provides federal leadership in developing the nation’s capacity to prevent and control crime, administer justice and assist victims. OJP has six bureaus and offices: the Bureau of Justice Assistance; the Bureau of Justice Statistics; the National Institute of Justice; the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; the Office for Victims of Crime; and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering and Tracking (SMART). More information about OJP and its components can be found at

It’s time to start taking a closer look at your Mac. Is it acting like its normal, reliable self? Or is it exhibiting strange behavior? Here's how to tell if your Mac is infected.


Tags: adwareanti-malware for MacApplemacMac infectedmac malwarePUPs

(Read more...)

The post How to tell if your Mac is infected appeared first on Malwarebytes Labs.

ESCONDIDO, Calif. – North San Diego Business Chamber recognized Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Special Agents Geoffrey Rice and Matt Beals today at its Hero Awards ceremony. The Hero Awards honor the dedicated officers, first responders and public safety leaders who have gone above and beyond in their duties.



WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is committed to ensuring public safety by working directly and through partnerships to assist federal firearms licensees (FFL) and federal explosives licensees and permittees (FEL/FEP) in complying with federal laws and regulations. 

McALLEN, Texas – A 52-year-old Mexican citizen has been ordered to federal prison for attempting to smuggle firearm parts kits, components, receivers and magazines to Mexico, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez. Alejandro Cavazos, 52, pleaded guilty Feb. 3, 2017.  
A compilation of security news and blog posts from the 11th - 17th September. We look at 0days, more Equifax developments, our usual smattering of blog posts, and more!


Tags: 0dayAndroidEquifaxLinkedInmalwarephishingroundupweek in security

(Read more...)

The post A week in security (September 11 – September 17) appeared first on Malwarebytes Labs.

In a supply chain attack that may be unprecedented in number of downloads download servers hosting CCleaner, distributed by Avast have been delivering a version of CCleaner with malware on top.


Tags: avastccleanermalwarePiriformserversTalos

(Read more...)

The post Infected CCleaner downloads from official servers appeared first on Malwarebytes Labs.

Memphis, TN – A Memphis man has been sentenced for illegal gun possession related to an armed robbery that he committed at a gas station convenience store. Lawrence J. Laurenzi, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, announced the sentence today.

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Taj R. Williams, 32, of Rochester, NY, was convicted after a jury trial of arson and unlawful possession of Molotov cocktails. The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of 20 years, a fine of $250,000, or both.

ALBUQUERQUE –Michael Anthony Estrada, 23, of Las Cruces, N.M., made his initial appearance today in federal court on a criminal complaint charging him with using interstate communications to threaten the lives and safety of children at a Las Cruces public elementary school. Estrada remains in custody pending a preliminary hearing and a detention hearing, both of which are currently scheduled for Sept. 21, 2017.

YARA is a tool that can be used to identify files that meet certain conditions. It is mainly in use by security researchers to classify malware.


Tags: ExplainedmalwarePieter Arntzrulesthe more you knowyara

(Read more...)

The post Explained: YARA rules appeared first on Malwarebytes Labs.

U.S. Department of Labor Extends Hurricane Harvey Compliance Guidance and Relief to Employee Benefit Plans Impacted by Hurricane Irma

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor announced employee benefit plan compliance guidance and relief for victims of Hurricane Irma that parallels that which it already provided to victims of Hurricane Harvey regarding verification procedures for plan loans and distributions, participant contributions and loan payments, blackout notices, and group health plan compliance. The Hurricane Harvey relief was announced on Aug. 30, 2017, in EBSA Release Number 17-1216-NAT.

The Department understands that plan fiduciaries, employers, labor organizations, service providers, and participants and beneficiaries may encounter issues complying with the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) over the next few months as the implications of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey unfold. The guidance provided in this statement generally applies to employee benefit plans, plan sponsors, employers and employees, and service providers to such employers who were located in a county identified for individual assistance by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) because of the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma or Hurricane Harvey.

The above relief is in addition to the Form 5500 Annual Return/Report filing relief already provided by the IRS in accordance with the Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma news releases listed on the IRS disaster relief website. See the Treasury regulations under Internal Revenue Code § 7508A and Section 8 of Rev. Proc. 2007-56, 2007-34 I.R.B. 388. The relief is also in addition to the funding-related relief provided to defined benefit pension plans by the IRS, the Department of Labor, and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation in IRS Notice 2017-49.

Contact Information

The Department and IRS will continue to monitor the situation to address those issues that are most important in helping individuals, employers and plan sponsors recover from these hurricanes. For more information on Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma relief under ERISA, see “FAQs for Participants and Beneficiaries Following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma,” visit EBSA’s Disaster Relief pages for employers and advisers and workers and families, or contact the Department’s Employee Benefits Security Administration online at or by calling 1-866-444-3272. Questions about IRS guidance should be directed to the IRS at 1-877-829-5900.

Release Date: 
Contact Name: 

Michael Trupo

Phone Number: 
Release Number: 
Share page with AddThis

Baltimore, Maryland – A federal grand jury has indicted Calum Thomas, age 20, and Christian Thomas, age 21, both of Annapolis, Maryland, on charges related to a scheme to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Controlled Substances and Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime. The indictment was returned on September 7, 2017, and was unsealed on September 14, 2017.

Baltimore, Maryland – A federal grand jury has indicted Calum Thomas, age 20, and Christian Thomas, age 21, both of Annapolis, Maryland, on charges related to a scheme to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Controlled Substances and Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime. The indictment was returned on September 7, 2017, and was unsealed on September 14, 2017.

WASHINGTON — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) National Firearms Examiner Academy (NFEA) graduated its 2016-2017 class of 11 men and women with apprentice/entry-level firearms and tool mark examiner skills today after a year-long training program conducted by ATF’s National Laboratory Center (NLC). This newest cadre of students gained training in the fundamentals of firearms and tool mark examination, which serves as the foundation for supervised development into qualified examiners.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Cedric Lamar Turner, 31, of Charlotte, was sentenced today to 164 months in prison on carjacking charges and related firearms violations, announced Jill Westmoreland Rose, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. U.S. District Judge Robert J. Conrad, Jr. also ordered Turner to serve three years under court supervision after he is released from prison.

LOS ANGELES - Sandra Brown, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California (CDCA), recognized 13 Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) special agents today in a ceremony for their dedicated service and extensive investigations leading to the prosecution of violent criminals.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tom Larson, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that three Kansas City, Mo., men have been indicted by a federal grand jury for their roles in a conspiracy to kidnap and torture an Independence, Mo., man.

In remembrance of the signing of the U.S.

This month, as students across the country return to the classroom, those in Silver Lake Unified School District (USD 372) in Kansas will find technology and resources that were not available previously. Their computer lab has been transformed into a print shop where students can participate in project-based learning with the help of predictable and […]

Crowdsourced funding opportunities via Kickstarter, Patreon, and GoFundMe have removed many structural roadblocks for people to access capital quickly and conveniently. But they’ve also lowered the barrier to entry for many very old scams. So how do you tell the difference between a great cause or project to contribute to and a digital confidence scam? Let us take a look at pitfalls on two crowdfunding platforms.


Tags: 419crowdsourcingdonation scamfraudGoFundMeKickstarterPatreonscamToS

(Read more...)

The post Crowdsourced fraud and kickstarted scams appeared first on Malwarebytes Labs.

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today released the following statement on the passing of Rev. Dwight Montgomery of Annesdale Cherokee Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee:

If you are one of the victims of the Equifax breach, you have a heightened risk of becoming a victim of identity theft. And even if you're not, you should take these precautions.


Tags: breachEquifaxEquifax breachidentity theftsocial security numbers

(Read more...)

The post Equifax aftermath: How to protect against identity theft appeared first on Malwarebytes Labs.

U.S. Labor Department Commits $40 Million for Hurricane Irma Relief

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor has initially committed up to $40 million in Disaster Dislocated Worker Grant funding to Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands to assist in disaster response efforts after Hurricane Irma. These grants were first announced on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. The amount of total funding announced today may increase as the needs and impacts on state and local partners are assessed following the hurricane.

Release Date: 
Contact Name: 

Egan Reich

Phone Number: 
Release Number: 
Share page with AddThis

In the week ending September 9, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 284,000, a decrease of 14,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 298,000. The 4-week moving average was 263,250, an increase of 13,000 from the previous week's unrevised average of 250,250. This is the highest level for this average since August 13, 2016 when it was 263,250.

Release Date: 
Release Number: 
Share page with AddThis


Russ Jay Welch, Jr., 47, of Osage, Wyoming, was sentenced by Chief Federal District Court Judge Nancy D. Freudenthal on September 14, 2017, for counterfeiting and forging obligations or securities of the United States and aiding and abetting. Welch was arrested in Weston County. He received 27 months of imprisonment, to be followed by three years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay $210.00 in restitution and a $100.00 special assessment. This case was investigated by the U.S. Secret Service.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Tom Larson, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Jefferson City, Mo., man was indicted by a federal grand jury today after he shot at police officers who were executing a search warrant at his residence.

A Cleveland man was indicted on heroin and firearms charges, U.S. Attorney Justin E. Herdman said.

Brandon Parker, 31, was indicted on two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm and two counts of possession with intent to distribute heroin.

A Cleveland man was indicted on drug and firearms charges, U.S. Attorney Justin E. Herdman said.

Alonzo Hill, 52, was indicted on one count each of being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession with intent to distribute heroin and carfentanil, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and possession of firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking.

Earlier today at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, New York, United States District Judge Ann M. Donnelly sentenced the defendant Donald Warren to 18 years’ imprisonment, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for shooting a woman during the course of a carjacking in Queens, New York, and participating in another carjacking as well. Warren and his co-defendant, John Howard, previously pleaded guilty to carjacking and related firearms charges. Howard is scheduled to be sentenced next month.

ROCHESTER, N.Y.- Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Jeuane Harvey, 30, of Rochester, NY, pleaded guilty to being a felon-in-possession of a firearm and ammunition, before U.S. District Judge David G. Larimer. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both.

WILMINGTON, Del. – Bob Bennett, of Seaford, was sentenced today to 66 months in federal prison for possessing a gun and distributing heroin in Seaford. Bennett pled guilty in May to possession with intent to distribute heroin, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and (b)(1)(C), and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c).

Read more about the latest Microsoft Word Zero-Day and how to protect yourself against it.


Tags: 0dayCVE-2017-8759microsoftmicrosoft wordpatchwordzero day

(Read more...)

The post PSA: New Microsoft Word 0day used in the wild appeared first on Malwarebytes Labs.

As more life-saving medical devices are capable of connecting to the internet, the potential threat of malicious hacking leading to physical bodily harm becomes more real. An independent researcher recently found multiple vulnerabilities plaguing a particular syringe pump. ICS-CERT offers several defensive measures.


Tags: IoTiot threatsMedfusion 4000 Wireless Syringe Infusion Pumpmedical devicemedical device threatsmart syringe pumpsyringe pump vulnerability

(Read more...)

The post Multiple flaws found in smart syringe pump appeared first on Malwarebytes Labs.