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Report: Air Force Launches Probe Into Navy-Linked Cyber Intrusion

Jeff Brody

A memo says the U.S. Air Force reported intrusion of its network using malware and is investigating the U.S. Navy with regard to the latter’s possible involvement in the cyber attack, Air Force Times reported Tuesday.

Navy Capt. David Wilson, chief of staff for the military branch’s defense service offices, wrote in the memo that a Navy prosecutor involved in a Navy SEAL’s war crimes case in San Diego used tracking software to trace emails sent to defense lawyers in an effort to find the source of media leaks. One of the recipients of the tracking device, which was described as malware, is an Air Force defense attorney involved in the case.

“In fact, I’ve learned that the Air Force is treating this malware as a cyber-intrusion on their network and have seized the Air Force Individual Military Counsel’s computer and phone for review,” Wilson wrote.

In addition to the Air Force’s email network, the tracking software also infiltrated the Navy-Marine Corps Intranet email network and private networks, according to the May 19 memo.

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