Veterans Advantage, Branches of U.S. Military Raise Concerns about Counterfeiting or Cloning of Military ID Cards
In step with recent warnings by the U.S. Armed Forces, Veterans Advantage today warned all active and retired military and their families about new and growing privacy concerns that could engender threats to national security.
The warning has been issued due to an increase in the use of military identification cards such as Common Access Cards (CAC) by commercial establishments. While photocopying of any government military ID card is illegal, many commercial establishments will request such proof to verify military status for government rates or "discounts" for services and goods without adequate protocols to ensure they will not be copied or duplicated in any way.
"Unfortunately, terrorists and hackers also have a strong desire to obtain or copy U.S. military identification in their planning of acts against the U.S. and military, so all present and former military members must be vigilant in protecting their ID cards from such abuse and any fraudulent use," he added.
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"We must be vigilant about our military and personal data and avoid unnecessary disclosure in instances where it may be easily mishandled or stolen and get into the hands of criminals or terrorists,"
"On the heels of recent disclosures that personal data on over one billion individuals – one in seven people on earth –has fallen into the hands of hackers, even the most powerful military on earth is vulnerable, if we don't follow laws established to protect our military and national security," he added.
About Veterans Advantage
Veterans Advantage is the most trusted source for non-government military benefits for those who have served in the U.S Armed Forces and their families, a population of 100 million individuals. For over 14 years, Veterans Advantage has delivered rewards and recognition to the nation's military community through its VetRewards Card, the first secure military ID card built to protect veterans' privacy while offering discounts from leading travel and retail companies, and provided unparalleled group benefits, including pre-paid insurance, financial, and medical coverage. It is rated A+ by the BBB for its outstanding customer service and business practices. For more information, visit VeteransAdvantage.com.
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