[ISN] Warning about possible "research" ruse

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Date: Fri Aug 23 2002 - 00:30:50 PDT

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    From the 20 August 2002 AFIO e-Bulletin Board notices
    Service has reported an apparent e-mail intelligence collection scheme
    that has been traced to e-mail addresses in foreign countries.
    Cleared industrial facilities have been requested to report any
    attempts as described below. In the recent past several employees of
    cleared defense contractors have received e-mails from persons
    purporting to be students, who asked for help with alleged educational
    projects they were working on.
    The employees contacted did not know the "students." The "students"
    somehow knew who had some degree of expertise pertaining to the focus
    of their educational project. In some instances, the employees
    contacted were working on classified projects.
    It appears classified information may have been requested. Should you
    receive an e-mail from someone you do not know requesting information
    for a Masters Thesis, or any other educational research paper, from
    someone claiming to be a student at an institute of higher learning,
    do not respond.
    Keep the e-mail and contact the NCI Facility Security Officer
    responsible for your location. He/she will contact a Defense Security
    Service Industrial Security Representative for guidance.
    REMEMBER!!! You do not have to hold a security clearance or work with
    classified information to be a target of foreign intelligence
    collection efforts!"
    [Monty Westmeyer, VP, NCI Information Systems, Inc. at www.nciinc.com
    <http://www.nciinc.com/> ].
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