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Stagefright Android Text Message Vulnerability

Many reports about the Stagefright vulnerability have been shared recently in the news.  Stagefright is vulnerable to a remote code execution bug, allowing hackers to potentially infiltrate devices and access private information by sending a SMS message to your Android phone with a video in it.

If you use an Android device, as a security best practice, we recommend that you temporarily disable automatic downloading of media files sent via Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS).  Disabling MMS will prevent media files from being automatically downloaded on your device which will partially mitigate this vulnerability ahead of the official patch release. 

If you have questions about the availability of a patch for your specific device or disabling MMS, you should contact your carrier.


2015 Annual Meeting Results

On Thursday, April 23, 2015, the members of First Flight Federal Credit Union re-elected Mr. Tom Smith and Mr. David Jennings to its Board of Directors during its 63rd Annual Membership Meeting in Cary, NC.  Both candidates were elected to three-year terms.

Tom Smith is a marketing professional who has provided multichannel, integrated marketing planning, strategic consulting and implementation of high value programs for companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 businesses. He has worked with more than 100 clients in 18 different vertical industries – including Wachovia Bank, First Citizens and BB&T. Tom received his BA from Duke University and MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

Dave Jennings, a member of First Flight since 1970, served twenty years in the Marine Corps before retiring as a Chief Warrant Officer in 1990. He spent 7 years in Kuwait as an advisor to the Kuwait Air Force reconstituting their air force to participate in the Gulf War and continued matters relating to aircraft maintenance and weapons systems. Mr. Jennings holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Airline Management and Business from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL.  Mr. Jennings is a member of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 26 of Havelock, as well as a member of the Seaside Lodge 429, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons.  

During the 2015 Organizational Meeting, Mr. Greg Williams was re-appointed as Chair, Mr. Warren Culbreth was appointed as Vice-Chair, and Bill Kuykendall and Gerry Murphy were appointed as Treasurer and Secretary, respectively.  Other members of the Board include Directors Sandy Rice, Tom Smith, and David Jennings.

Congratulations to both Dave and Tom on your re-election to First Flight’s Board of Directors.

First Flight Named to Top 200 Healthiest Credit Unions List

First Flight Federal Credit Union was named to the 2014 edition of the Top 200 Healthiest Credit Unions in America released by DepositAccounts.comClick here for stories about how First Flight has helped our members.

To join one of America's healthiest credit unions, click below and select "Open A Primary Account".  Our member support team is available to assist you by Live Chat, Phone (800) 807-0766, or email.


Alert: Tax Return Scams

Scams take many different paths, but in all cases the purpose of the fraudulent attempt is to steal your money and/or your identity . In the case of tax scams, usually an individual sends out a phone call or email presenting themselves as an employee of the IRS or your state's tax authority under the guise of wanting to "help" with your tax filing. In more cases than not, this type of tax scam involves an unsolicited, bogus email regarding your tax refund or bill, or threatening an audit if you do not pay. These tax fraud emails also typically include the tax service's name and official seal, and often link to a phony website in order to appear to be more official.

Be wary of ANY emails or phone calls you receive from someone claiming to be an employee of the IRS or State, especially those that demand you pay immediately, as the Internal Revenue Service and your state's tax authority will NEVER :
  • Initiate contact with you by phone, email, text, or through social media outlets to ask for your personal or financial information.
  • Require that you pay your taxes with a certain payment type, such as a prepaid debit card.
  • Call you and demand immediate payment. The IRS or State will not call about taxes you owe without first mailing you a bill.
If you receive an email about your federal or state taxes:
  • Don't reply to the message.
  • Don't give out your personal or financial information.
  • Forward the email to phishing@irs.gov and then delete the email.
  • Don't open any attachments or click on any links, as they may contain a malicious code or virus that will infect your computer.
  • Check the website of your state's tax return office to see how they recommend you report an attempted scam involving your state tax filing.
If you receive a call about your federal or state taxes:
  • Ask for a contact number and an employee badge number and then call back to verify its legitimacy.
  • Call the IRS or the office of your state's tax authority to inquire further.
  • Contact the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. Use TIGTA's IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting web page to report the incident.
  • Report the incident to the Federal Trade Commission through the FTC Complaint Assistant on their website (add "IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments of your report).

Heartbleed Bug Notice

Security researchers recently announced the Heartbleed Bug, a vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library. The bug poses a threat to the security of certain Internet applications and servers. However, First Flight’s initial research does not indicate any vulnerabilities in our online banking system. We will continue to closely monitor the situation and communicate any updates as they become available. 

Target Compromise Update

On December 19, 2013, Target announced a security breach that resulted in unauthorized access to payment card data.  On January 10, 2014, Target announced as part of its ongoing investigation, it has learned that additional customer information was taken during the recent breach.  The additional data removed from Target's systems may include customer name, mailing address, phone number and email address for up to 70 million individuals.  First Flight is committed to protecting our members' accounts and we encourage you to monitor your accounts and notify us of any suspicious activity.  Please refer to these frequently asked questions and answers for additional information pertaining to the breach-  Target Breach QA


Counterfeit Official Check Advisory

Please be advised that counterfeit official checks appearing to be drawn on First Flight FCU are being presented nationwide in connection with an employment scam.   Counterfeit official check scams are on the rise across the financial institution industry and First Flight encourages you to proceed with caution when accepting checks from someone you do not know.  As always, you may call us at 800-807-0766 to verify the validity of an official check before depositing.  



Microsoft XP Notification

Microsoft will discontinue providing updates to Windows XP on April 8, 2014. These updates include important security patches that protect your computer from vulnerabilities that may be exploited by malware or viruses.  In order to remain protected Microsoft recommends that you upgrade your operating system to a newer version. If you continue to use Windows XP after April 8th, your computer will still work but you will become vulnerable to security risks. If your computer becomes compromised, hackers could obtain access to your personal information including, but not limited to, access to your accounts at First Flight FCU and other financial institutions, email accounts, and social media accounts.
Microsoft will continue to support Windows 8.1, Windows 7 and Windows Vista. If you need help determining which Windows operating system you are running- click here.  For additional information about how to upgrade your computer if you are running Windows XP- click here.


Apple Security Update

Apple has released a critical security update to address a potential vulnerability and security patch for its Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod devices.  Apple has recommended that users of these devices immediately take steps to reduce security risk by updating to the latest version of their devices operation system.  The update is available for iOS7, iOS6, and OSX desktop platforms can be found under "Software Update" in general settings.  The security of our online and mobile banking offerings continues to be a top priority.  We are monitoring the situation and will inform you if updates become available. 


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