Booby-trapped e-mail is tailored to targeted individual: Researchers have detected a brazen attack on restaurants across the United States that uses a relatively new technique to keep its malware undetected by virtually all antivirus products on the market. Malicious code used in so-called fileless attacks resides almost entirely in computer memory, a feat that prevents it from leaving the kinds of traces that are spotted by traditional antivirus scanners. The attack isn’t entirely fileless, since it arrives in a booby-trapped Word document attached to a phishing e-mail. The e-mails are tailored to the person receiving them and contain attachments with names including menu.rtf, Olive Garden.rtf and Chick Fil A Order.rtf. READ MORE

TERRORISM

More details available about restaurant attack: At least 17 people were killed on Wednesday when a suicide bomber and gunmen attacked two popular restaurants in the Somali capital Mogadishu, police and witnesses have reported. Special forces rescued more than 50 hostages but as many as 20 people are being held hostage by al-Shabab, an insurgent group seeking an Islamist state in Somalia. Al-Shabab, which has links to al-Qaeda, is known for killing hostages, not holding them for ransom. Restaurants have become popular sites for terrorist attacks because many people are gathered closely together in a confined space. READ MORE

WATER SAFETY

Four more charged in Flint water crisis: A total of five people, including the head of Michigan’s health department, have been charged with involuntary manslaughter in an investigation of Flint’s lead-contaminated water, all blamed in the death of an 85-year-old man who had Legionnaires’ disease. Nick Lyon, director of the Health and Human Services Department, is accused of failing to alert the majority-black population about an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in the Flint area, which has been linked by some experts to poor water quality in 2014-15. READ MORE

ANIMAL HEALTH

Profile of ‘Croydon Cat Killer’ is disturbing: London detectives fear the so-called Croydon Cat Killer may have “fantasies about killing or raping humans.” The cat killer is an unidentified individual or group thought to have killed, dismembered and decapitated more than 250 cats beginning in 2014 in the south London suburb of Croydon, but since spreading across and around London. A man or woman – or maybe more than one person – is believed to have killed, dismembered and decapitated more than 250 cats since the first pet was found dead in Croydon in 2015. READ MORE

MISCELLANEOUS

Carbon monoxide leak in NYC: A recent incident in New York City illustrates the potential that carbon monoxide has for being used as a poison gas by the bad guys. More than 30 people suffered minor injuries following a carbon monoxide scare at an apartment building in TriBeCa in Lower Manhattan, fire officials said, and the store manager saved lives by acting quickly to rescue others. Mike Jording, who manages the Amish Market  where the drama unfolded, said it began as the workers were getting ready for the day. Some 25 employees were getting ready in the basement prep area when they started fainting one by one. Although Jording is 65 and has leukemia, he rushed to carry six unconscious victims upstairs. In this case, the carbon monoxide was being released from a defective boiler. READ MORE

‘Solid gasoline’ a threat in home fires: A doctor who treated victims of the Grenfell Tower blaze has revealed a hidden home danger that could prove fatal in a fire. Dr. Malcolm Tunnicliff dealt with 12 casualties from the deadly inferno, and before any of victims had even arrived, his staff was ready and waiting with cyanide poisoning kits. According to experts, the foam found in old sofas and other upholsteries emits extremely dangerous toxins when burned. For decades, polyurethane foam has been used as as padding in sofas, couches, chairs, pillows, and mattresses, as well as for padding under carpets. And older furniture – where the foam has not been treated with flame retardant chemicals – is referred to as “solid gasoline” by fire experts. READ MORE

Commercial shipment of beef to China closer: As part of the U.S.-China 100-Day Action plan announced on May 11 by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and Secretary of the Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin, the Trump Administration has taken steps toward commercial shipment of U.S. beef and beef products to China for the first time since 2003. These shipments are results of the U.S.-China Comprehensive Economic Dialogue co-chaired by Secretary Ross and Secretary Mnuchin for the United States and Vice Premier Wang Yang for China. READ MORE