Pentagon issues warning to employees about credit card purchases


Hackers may have gotten their hands on data from shoppers at Target and Neiman Marcus, but you’d think that one of the most secure institutions in the world would be safe from cyber thieves.

Think again.

Foreign Policy reports that the Pentagon Force Protection Agency Corporate Communications Office on Friday sent out a message to personnel: “ALL Pentagon Government and Contractor Employees: The Pentagon Force Protection Agency (PFPA) is currently investigating a case of fraudulent use of credit cards belonging to Pentagon personnel. These individuals had fraudulent charges to their account soon after they had legitimate transactions at the Pentagon.  PFPA is working with partner federal and local law enforcement agencies to determine where the credit card numbers have been compromised, as it may ultimately have no connection to the Pentagon.  If you received a fraudulent charge on your credit card bill within the last 120 days that occurred within 48 hours of a purchase at the Pentagon, please report this to us.”

The office declined to speak to FP’s Situation Report about the matter.

Meanwhile, the Neiman Marcus Group has concluded an investigation into its data breach. The hackers who infiltrated Neiman were not the same cyber thieves behind the attack on Target.

“The code style and the modus operandi look totally different,” Aviv Raff, chief technology officer of Israel-based Seculert, tells Bloomberg News.