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The Army accidentally warned hacking victims away from credit protection

The Army accidentally warned hacking victims away from credit protection
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In the wake of any data breach, we at Komando.com warn you to be on the lookout for phishing scams. That's because hackers are quick to take the user information stolen in the hack and send the victims fake email that claims to be from the hacked company.

The email will tell the victim to click on a link or download a file to learn more about the data breach, ask them to send information back to find out if they were affected, or one of dozens of other tactics to snag user information. It's despicable, but effective.

That's why after the recent hack at the federal Office of Personnel Manage that exposed data on 26 million government employees, the Army was quick to warn its personnel about phishing scams. In fact, the Army identified one right away that asked recipients to sign up for free credit monitoring and required them to enter their information on a third-party website.

The Army sent out a bulletin warning people about the email with the instructions that they should close the message and report it. There was just one problem: It wasn't a phishing email.

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