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Phishing Scam Targets Troops

Service members have been urged to use extra caution when opening emails as they could be part of a phishing scam designed to extract personal information.

U.S. Strategic Command officials announced recipients of the deceptive messages are asked to provide or confirm personal information, including name and rank, account numbers, date of birth, mother's maiden name, address and phone numbers, credit card numbers, and Social Security numbers.

“While these emails may appear to be legitimate, it's important to remember USAA and Navy Federal Credit Union will never ask for [personal identification] or to verify financial institution data via e-mail,“ the STRATCOM release said.

Air Force Gen. Kevin P. Chilton, who is also a STRATCOM commander, told the House Armed Services Committee in March every commander needs to focus on keeping networks secure.

“It should be the focus of every commander in the field, the health and status of their networks, just as they're focused on the health and status of their people, their tanks, their airplanes, their ships, because the networks are so critical,“ he said. “So, changing their conduct, training them and then holding people accountable for their behavior on the network is important.“

According to STRATCOM officials, the Department of Defense’s some 7 million computers and 15,000+ local and regional area networks are scanned millions of times per day and probed thousands of times daily, with a frequency and sophistication that is increasing exponentially.

The intrusions come from different sources with various intentions, from individual hackers attempting theft and vandalism, to espionage by foreign governments and adversaries, officials said.

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