Pentagon Thwarts Spoofed E-Mail

    Date20 Feb 2003
    CategoryGovernment
    3186
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    The Pentagon said today that an attempt to send a virus through its systems last week was thwarted before damage could be caused. On the morning of Feb. 14, someone "spoofed" the Defense Technology Information Center (DTIC) header, camouflaging the . . . The Pentagon said today that an attempt to send a virus through its systems last week was thwarted before damage could be caused. On the morning of Feb. 14, someone "spoofed" the Defense Technology Information Center (DTIC) header, camouflaging the sender's real address to make recipients think the message had come from the Defense Department. The message had a virus attached and was sent through Pentagon computers to two mailing lists.

    "Our computers caught the virus and stripped it out," said Terry Davis, manager of the Public Web Program in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. "So what went out was the original text message that was sent in the e-mail, but the virus and the attachment were both stripped."

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