Analecta Cyber Company Blog: Pentagon food court hack exposes employee bank information

2015-09-21

Pentagon food court hack exposes employee bank information

Hackers will try to find ways to attack anything that has value to it. And it seems the Pentagon is no exception. Hackers recently were able to infiltrate the Pentagon food court's computer system, leading to an unknown number of employees’ bank information being
compromised.


According to a Defense Department spokesman, employees have been notified that hackers may have stolen credit or debit card information from people who paid for food and drinks at the Pentagon. Several reports of fraudulent use of credit cards belonging to employees have been received by the Pentagon Force Protection Agency within the last couple of weeks. The unit is still conducting its investigation.

Range of hack unclear


The Defence Department had not determined how many people the hack affected and which of the Pentagon's multiple food courts were targeted.

In a potentially unrelated case, the Joint Chiefs' unclassified email system was also hacked in a more complicated manner that officials believe originated in Russia. This Pentagon network was taken offline due to cyber attacks and remained offline for weeks as employees worked to patch holes and ensure the security of their network. Although, Pentagon officials said no war planning or other strategic communications took place on that server, they were nevertheless alarming that cyber attackers could infiltrate such a closely monitored facility.