Gannett Hackers Get Data on US Military, Government Subscribers

Posted June 28th, 2011 at 8:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Hackers have stolen personal data from a media company that caters to U.S. government officials, military leaders, and rank-and-file soldiers.

The Gannett Government media company said Tuesday hackers had accessed files containing the full names and email addresses of its subscribers. In some cases, Gannett said the hackers had also accessed information about what military branch a subscriber served in, their duty status, pay grade and zip code .

However, Gannett said financial information, such as credit card numbers, was stored separately, and not compromised.

Gannett Government is behind publications including Military Times, Defense News, Army Times, Air Force Times, and Armed Forces Journal.

The Reuters news service notes that cyber criminals often seek the personal data of government and military personnel, which they can then use to try to access classified information.