Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2003]
Avoid This Web Site NACEC.org
1. THREAT: This website may be used for information gathering on US soldiers and family members for nefarious purposes.
2. BACKGROUND: The NACEC.org website is claiming to provide emergency notifications in order to support military families. This site requests service members names, addresses, Social Security Numbers SSN) as well as the names and addresses of family members, and other privacy act information. The site also request the service member provide the content of a message which is to be sent to family members.
3. Website Quote: "With the drastically increasing numbers of U.S. Armed Forces overseas, the North American Center for Emergency Communications (NACEC) has put their military family support 'Flash Mail Service' back on line, as of this week. This will help those members of the military stationed overseas and the military families that have members serving overseas."
4. This site is NOT associated with the federal government and should NOT be trusted. The site represents itself as being owned by a not-for-profit corporation (which means they haven't filed for non-profit status and made the necessary disclosures). The registrant for the website is an individual in Minnesota who may or may not not be an American national. DoD personnel should not enter any personal information on a non-federal website for emergency notification of families or any other reason.
5. Any information provided to this site could be used for identity theft, intelligence gathering by a foreign nations or terrorists and could pose a threat to service members, their families and their privacy.
Origins: While we're all aware of the need for heightened security since the events of
The North American Center for Emergency Communications (NACEC) was a non-profit, volunteer organization that operated a Disaster Victim Information Exchange System, intended to "provide a centralized point for the high speed exchange of disaster victim and displaced person information, so organizations, agencies and family members can quickly locate and
To NACEC's undeserved detriment, the warning quoted above was issued on the flimsiest of assumptions without even minimal attempts to verify NACEC's bona fides (a very simple task which, as the NACEC noted, "a high school student could have accomplished in about
NACEC suspended all operations on
Last updated: 12 September 2011