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DOD vs Internet scams

Date: January 10, 2007
By: Bob Brewin and Josh Rogin

The Defense Department continues to battle increasingly sophisticated attacks against its information systems and networks, including significant and widespread attempts to penetrate systems with targeted, socially engineered e-mail messages in a technique known as spear phishing.

According to internal documents and DOD officials, the department has fought back with requirements that users log on to networks with a Common Access Card (CAC) that electronically verifies their identities and digitally signs e-mail messages with the key contained on that card.
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