Taiwanese phishermen rip off American troops and their families

Taiwanese phishermen rip off American troops and their families

Summary: U.S. Strategic Command officials are warning of phishing scam aimed at American troops and their families.

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U.S. Strategic Command officials are warning of a new email-based phishing scam aimed at American troops and their families.

Soldiers and their families have been receiving email messages that appear to be from USAA (United Services Automobile Association, an insurance company that serves military employees) and the Navy Federal Credit Union.

The messages look identical to those they'd normally get from these organizations, except these messages require the recipient to log in, and then provide personal information. Once that information has been harvested, the user is often redirected to the legitimate Web site. The result is many users have no idea they've just given away critical personal data to thieves.

Symantec reports they traced these attacks to servers located in Taiwan.

It goes without say (but I'm going to say it) that you should never, ever provide personal information in response to an email.

I know torture is frowned upon in polite society, but there's nothing that says we can't capture the jackasses ripping off our serving troops and subject them to watching the Sex and the City 2 movie, over and over again, 24/7. That'll teach 'em!

Topics: Security, Collaboration, Enterprise Software

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David Gewirtz, Distinguished Lecturer at CBS Interactive, is an author, U.S. policy advisor, and computer scientist. He is featured in the History Channel special The President's Book of Secrets and is a member of the National Press Club.

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  • It is possible to be overenthusiastic.

    I haven't seen it, I've heard reviews, by fans - you really don't consider that [Sex and the City 2] is cruel and unusual?
    Robert Carnegie 2009
    • RE: Taiwanese phishermen rip off American troops and their families

      @Robert Carnegie 2009

      Does it have explosions? Does it have space ships? No. I rest my case.
      David Gewirtz
      • Does it have explosions? Does it have space ships? No.

        @David Gewirtz
        Lol, Thats what I tell my female friends when asked to go see a chick flick with them.
        AboveAverageJoe
  • I do believe in torture so let's find them and use....

    I do believe in torture so let's find them and use the all time stinker GIGLI. Then we sign them up to every telemarketer's subscriber list.
    Scubajrr
  • RE: Taiwanese phishermen rip off American troops and their families

    They're in Taiwan, not mainland China, which means we can get them prosecuted. And the Taiwanese are about as strict as Singapore. Cane them, and then shove it where the sun doesn't shine!
    Dr_Zinj
  • RE: Taiwanese phishermen rip off American troops and their families

    @Scubajrr
    possibly was J.C. - but Cheech & Chong did it (too).
    BitBanger_USA
  • LIE

    Make up stuff. Give false information. Lie like a rug. My pin number is 1934-927. No, that's wrong, it's 3966, Yeah, that's it. Trust me. I'm a female or is it male? I'm 26 more or less. I use 1945 because it has personal meaning to my Sister. Oh wait, I don't have a Sister. You believe me, don't you?
    trm1945
  • RE: Taiwanese phishermen rip off American troops and their families

    Scoob, that was Cheech and Chong anyway.
    Scrod
  • RE: Taiwanese phishermen rip off American troops and their families

    This is pretty shameful. I can't beleive that there are people out there who would take advantage of troops this way. But, we also need to remember that that these people aren't Americans. I will tell you what is honorable, and that's <a href="http://www.storagepost.com/locations/new-york/bronx">bronx self storage</a> and <a href="http://www.storagepost.com/locations/new-york/queens">queens self storage</a>
    jordanholland23