PENTAGON COMPUTERS HACKED
The Pentagon’s computers have been hacked – the Pentagon’s official credit union, PenFed, computers have been hacked by malware. As a result of the data security breach, the personal and financial records of hundreds of thousands of pentagon credit union members (including members of the U.S. military and their families) are at risk for identity theft.
The Pentagon Federal Credit Union’s (PenFed) database, which includes names, addresses, Social Security numbers and credit card numbers, was penetrated by a malware-infested PC, according to Paul Roberts of the security firm Kaspersky Lab.
The PenFed serves around 100,000 members of the US Armed Forces and was originally chartered in 1935. PenFed offers financial services to its members such as mortgages, credit cards and loans. PenFed reportedly has $15 billion in assets.
The full extent of the data security breach is unknown. According to Roberts, the malware attack was discovered Dec. 12 and at least 514 New Hampshire residents have been identified as victims of the data breach. PenFed has begun to send breach notification letters to its members affected by the data breach. The PenFed breach notification letters includes the following statement by the Executive Vice President of Operations, Roderick Mitchell,”We have no indication that your information has been misused.”
PenFed has purportedly reissued new credit and debit cards to members whose account information may have been obtained illegally.
In an another PenFed identity theft alert, a man calling himself Dick Bennett has been posing as a PenFed underwriter, and has telephoned several credit union members to tell them their mortgages are being sold to another lender. During the call, he request the member to provide him with personal information.
Have you received a breach notification letter from PenFed? If yes, you need to contact identity theft lawyer, Micah Adkins. Contact Mr. Adkins for a free legal consultation.