- USFA Warns Against Overseas E-Mail Inquiries
The CIPC recently learned that fire and/or EMS departments on the East Coast
have received electronic mail from foreign universities requesting
information about how their department is organized, trained, and equipped.
The individuals are also asking for the identification or locations of major
Such contacts by anyone who does NOT have "the need to know" should be
considered highly suspicious and potentially dangerous. However, before
hastily deleting the message, departments are urged to immediately send a
facsimile of the correspondence to the National Infrastructure Protection
Center (NIPC) at: 202-323-2079.
NIPC also welcomes e-mail to: <A HREF="mailto:nipc.watch@...">nipc.watch@...</A>. Alternatively, contact the
local FBI office (<A HREF="http://www.fbi.gov/contact/fo/fo.htm">www.fbi.gov/contact/fo/fo.htm</A>). When communicating with the
FBI, always ask for further directions regarding the proper disposition of
the suspicious message.
Only with the knowledge and evidence of these messages can the FBI Terrorism
Task Force efficiently investigate whether or not the message senders have
America's adversaries continue to aggressively collect information about the
plans, training, and operations of national, state, and local critical
infrastructures. Websurfing, electronic mail, and telephone calls are the
most common methods they employ to conduct "sensitive information mining."
Therefore, all emergency first responders must be alerted to guard against
unauthorized data collection and quickly report it when it occurs. Failure to
prevent unsanctioned information sharing could unintentionally assist the
criminal activities of those who desire to harm our nation.
P.S. I know this doesn't pertain Directly to our discussion, but we do talk
about potential targets.
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