Groups of cyber criminals are mindful of the immense need for data about the military sector, for this reason, they endlessly attempt to gain and sell information about each country’s militia and intelligence authorities through many methods: espionage, phishing, extortion, cyber attacks, and hacking of major government contractors.
United States government and U.S military users whose e-mails have been disclosed have been alerted on the dangers, they’ve been advised that they could be targeted by malware attacks, and they’re all instructed to avoid clicking on links added to fishy emails due to concerns of downloading and executing attached malware.
The news of the availability of a large number of emails on the black market came while the United States military announced its intention to engage in a fight against cyber threats with an offensive strategy.
The Pentagon reported to Congress that they believe they are allowed to strike back with military force against a cyber attack. Air Force General Robert Kehler denounced “I do not believe that we need new explicit authorities to conduct offensive operations of any kind”.