I think that the article in the May 4 issue concerning the NCUA phishing incident is somewhat misleading. Phishing scammers did not “hit NCUA’s Web site”, they set up a bogus site on a totally different network that was intended to deceive others into thinking it was the NCUA site. I also don’t think it is fair to say that NCUA was the victim because that implies that they were somehow duped by these criminals and may lead some people to believe that the NCUA site is less secure now. If the criminals had used a phone to call people claiming to be the NCUA and asking for their info, we certainly wouldn’t consider the NCUA to be the victim. It is more accurate to say that phishing scammers impersonated NCUA to attempt to victimize others. Based on their response to this incident, it appears that NCUA did everything they could do to protect the real victims: the people who received the fraudulent e-mail. Mike Shiner CIO FedComp, Inc. Fairfax, VA

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