Form shortage could lead to malicious download

| September 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

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U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii
Public Affairs Office

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — For some time, the Army Publishing Directorate has cautioned Soldiers and Department of the Army civilians to avoid searching for forms online via search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo.

The search results for certain forms (e.g., Form 4187, counseling forms, COLA, Stop Meal Deductions) have, in some cases, directed users to websites that could potentially contain malicious files.

Last week, the garrison advised the Army Hawaii community that Army Publishing Directorate in St. Louis has not had the DA Form 4980-18, Army Achievement Medal Certificate, in stock since early June, due apparently to a term

contract printing problem.

Form 4980-18 is the highest-use sensitive form stocked at the garrison’s Forms Center (Bldg. 6042, East Range); it has been out of this form since mid-June, and no forms have been received by the center as of last week.

New forms are just now being shipped, and the garrison forms and publications control officer expects this situation should resolve itself by early October when orders for this form are received at the Forms Center.

All Soldiers, including admin warriors, are instilled with the concept of finishing a mission, leading to workarounds like downloading official forms instead of waiting for them to be restocked. The Forms Center noted that it is very unusual to have a form out of stock for this long, and an advisory on this specific form was provided, Sept. 13, for all Army and civilian units who may need it.

Meanwhile, Regional Computer Emergency Response Team (RCERT-Pacific) strongly recommends that all users requiring military forms and other documents use the official Army form repository website for forms, regardless if using home or office computers.

RCERT-Pacific recommends users bookmark this site to favorites to ensure the downloading of the official version of required documents and forms without risking accessing malicious sites.

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