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The Pentagon's Travel Records Were Hacked, Possibly Affecting 30,000 Personnel
Hackers recently breached Pentagon travel records and nabbed personal information and credit card data, perhaps on as many as 30,000 military and civilian personnel, AP reported.
The breach was only recently discovered but may have happened months ago. Senior Pentagon leaders were told about the breach on Oct. 4.
In a statement to AP, Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Joseph Buccino downplayed the scale of the breach and said it was the fault of a single vendor.
"It's important to understand that this was a breach of a single commercial vendor that provided service to a very small percentage of the total population," he said.
“The department is continuing to assess the risk of harm and will ensure notifications are made to affected personnel."
It wasn't yet clear whether this breach was of the Defense Travel System or something else. The Pentagon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Still, it hasn't been a good week for inspiring confidence in DoD's cybersecurity abilities.
Days before this latest breach was discovered, the Government Accountability Office published a new report after extensive investigation that found nearly all weapons systems in the military arsenal were vulnerable to hackers.
Between 2012 and 2017, penetration testers “routinely found mission critical cyber vulnerabilities in nearly all weapon systems that were under development,” the report said. Also noteworthy was the fact that testers weren’t taking nearly as much time or using sophisticated methods as a nation-state adversary would.
Instead, most used “relatively simple tools and techniques” to take control, and largely operated undetected as a result.
Actor Mark Wahlberg will be visiting troops overseas to plug Wahlburgers, a fast-casual restaurant chain owned by the actor and his two brothers, Donnie Wahlberg, and chef Paul Wahlberg.
US troops will not burn and pillage like Genghis Khan's hordes as a result of Trump intervening in war crimes cases, Milley says
The U.S. military will not disintegrate into an undisciplined horde following President Donald Trump's recent intervention in three war crimes cases, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Mark Milley assured lawmakers on Wednesday.
Milley was testifying before the House Armed Services Committee when he was pressed by Iraq war veteran Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) about the president's actions in the cases of former Army 1st Lt. Clint Lorance, retired Army Maj. Matthew Golsteyn, and retired Navy SEAL Chief Eddie Gallagher.
Taliban fighters attempted to fight their way into Bagram Airfield on Wednesday by invading a medical facility just outside of the base's perimeter, a spokesman for Operation Resolute Support said Wednesday.
J.P. Lawrence of Stars and Stripes and Jim LaPorta of Newsweek first reported that the battle lasted for several hours after using car bombs to attack the hospital, which is near the base's northern corner. Helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft were reportedly used to drop ordnance on the hospital.
An armed suspect was taken into custody at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi on Wednesday morning after a brief lockdown period, according to the Texas base's Facebook account.
Though the exact nature of the incident is unclear, base officials wrote that no shots were fired and no injuries were reported.
The new defense bill would create a public database for every complaint made about privatized housing
Among the dozens of requirements outlined in the latest version of the National Defense Authorization Act is the requirement for the Secretary of Defense to create a public database for privatized housing complaints.
So, that will be... a lot.