• Cantwell speaks on CBR

    Bipartisan Tsunami Bill Unanimously Passes Senate, Strengthens Coastal Disaster Preparedness

    U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), and Brian Schatz (D-HI) announced their tsunami detection and warning systems legislation unanimously passed the Senate. The bill reauthorizes and enhances tsunami preparedness and increases investment in research to protect coastal communities. The Tsunami Warning, Education and Research Act of 2015 would strengthen the National Oceanic and […]

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  • Cyber Monday Alert: “Spearfishing” Avoid counterfeit sites and products

    Cyber Monday kicks off the online holiday shopping season, and federal law enforcement officials are warning about cyber scams that can wreck your holiday spirit.  U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan and Brad Bench, Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), highlighted some of the dangers circulating on the web, including “spear phishing” and sales of counterfeit goods.  Today, ICE agents across the country shut down more than 700 websites which were selling counterfeit sports and designer items – some of the counterfeit goods pose safety concerns.

    Malware alerts“Scammers turn out in force during the holidays and want your personal information in their stockings,” said U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan.  “They have more ways than ever before to steal your information.  Sometimes scammers try to get your information by putting up a phony website with a name very similar to a legitimate retailer or they send you an email purporting to be about an ‘order’ you placed.  If you open the attachment to see what you ordered, it can infect your computer and give scam artists remote access to it.  We urge everyone to be on guard and protect yourself”

     “Spear phishing” is when online scammers use snippets of information about a victim to try to gain access to additional personal information. Spear phishing might use information posted on social media or target an individual because of their online shopping.  For example, if a victim has shopped online for certain products, a spear phishing scam may use the fact that the person accessed certain sites to try to send malicious code in an attachment or link related to that shopping. 

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  • Thurston County Practices Tsunami Response

    Grand Mound, WA – Thurston County yesterday practiced their response to a ‘tsunami’ of refugees. Jesse Chapin, Coordinator for homeland security region 3’s incident management team explained what an inland county can expect “When I first came to the region about six years ago I used to hear those other counties say ‘well we don’t have tsunami, no big deal for us.’ Yes but you’re going to have about 20,000 extra residents in about 10 minutes.”
    Transit buses mock-evacuated people from the coast to Thurston County yesterday morning as part of an evacuation response exercise. Chapin said “We will have 100 citizens show up and need housed and fed.”
    Yesterday’s drill, dubbed “Pacific Panda” helped Thurston county responders understand what a tsunami aftershock might look like for non-coastal Washington counties.
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