Spear Phishing Warnings As Hackers Steal Info on Military, Defense Personnel

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Gannett-owned military website DefenseNews.com has reported that hackers have stolen subscribers’ email addresses and names. DefenseNews subscribers include active and retired military personnel, defense contractors, and others in both the United States and other countries’ defense establishments. As PCWorld points out in this article, “the stolen information would make the perfect fodder for future ‘spear phishing,’ the kind of attacks that target individuals within an organization by crafting convincing messages, often with embedded links or attached files that direct recipients to malicious sites or plant malware directly on PCs to, for instance, gather more information or gain greater access to a network.”

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Elaine Rigoli

Elaine Rigoli is PRIVATE WiFi’s manager of digital content strategy.