Pentagon’s Credit Union breached, financial documents exposed

The Pentagon's credit union was recently hacked, exposing thousands of U.S. military members and their families' financial and personal documents, according to Security News Daily.

Paul Roberts, of the security firm Kaspersky Lab, reported a malware-infested PC gained entry to the Pentagon Federal Credit Union's database and exposed names, addresses, Social Security numbers and credit card numbers, the news source reports. The breach, which was first noticed on December 12, has affected at least 514 New Hampshire residents.

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