A recent and aggressive phishing attack has been plaguing the Army. The e-mails appear to be coming from USAA, a financial services company specializing in military members. The subject line is Deposit Posted.
The messages contain a link to a file infected with the Zeus malware. It grabs personal information and often requires a computer to be wiped clean. Army leadership is also telling service members to be alert to e-mails that appear to come from superior officers with instructions to download and install software. The software is actually malware designed to ferret out sensitive data.
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