The US Marine Corps reportedly used a fake news story of the death of Edward Snowden, the NSA cybersecurity whistleblower, to direct a phishing email attack on its own computers in 2013, a former Marine Corps captain said in a BuzzFeed News report.
In the report, Robert Johnston, who would later work for the private cybersecurity company that investigated the Democratic National Committee's explosive malware attack in 2016, directed the Marine Corps' Red Team, a term described as a "devil's advocate" that challenges cybersecurity defenses. "We actually had to shut down the operation," Johnston said. "The phishing attack was too successful. The click rate was through the roof."