Attack on veterans website aims to steal military intelligence

Arik Hesseldahl
Friday, 14 Feb 2014 | 9:51 AM ET
Photo taken of the VFW.org website that has become victim to hackers seeking military secrets.
Adam Jeffery | CNBC
Photo taken of the VFW.org website that has become victim to hackers seeking military secrets.

Computer criminals using a newly discovered vulnerability in Microsoft's Internet Explorer 10 browser have breached a website belonging to an organization frequented by veterans and current military personnel in a possible attempt to hijack their computers and steal military intelligence.

The disclosure came from FireEye, the computer security company that last month acquired Mandiant to create a new computer security powerhouse. (The firm's two senior executives, Dave DeWalt and Kevin Mandia, are in the photo above.)

The site in question is VFW.org, the Web home of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, a non-profit organization for U.S. military veterans who have served in combat overseas, but also open to currently serving military personnel. It boasts 1.5 million members.

Read the whole story at Re/code.

By Arik Hesseldahl, Re/code.net.

CNBC's parent NBC Universal is an investor in Re/code's parent Revere Digital, and the companies have a content-sharing arrangement.


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