All active and reserve component branches of the service met or exceeded their recruiting targets for March, the Defense Department announced on Thursday.

The Army signed up 6,066 new recruits, meeting 101 percent of its goal; the Marine Corps got 137 percent of its monthly goal with 2,234 recruits; and the Navy and Air Force both met 100 percent of their goals with 2,909 recruits and 2,093 recruits respectively, according to the Defense Department.

On the reserve side, the Army National Guard met 100 percent of its goal for March with 6,048 recruits, while the Air National Guard met 121 percent of its goal with 946 recruits. The Army Reserve met 121 percent of its goal with 4,304 recruits, while the Navy and Air Force reserves met 100 percent of their goals with 865 recruits and 720 recruits, respectively.

Stars and Stripes Web site hackedThe Stars and Stripes Web site,, appears to have been struck by a hacker early Saturday.

Indications are that this may have been related to an automated cyberattack launched last month that compromised more than 10,000 Web pages, including everyday destinations such as travel, government and hobby sites. Such attacks typically plant a piece of Javascript code that diverts users to a site in China, where malicious software (“malware”) tries to break into the user’s computer. Security experts have noted a recent trend in which hackers target individual computers rather than better-protected networks..

The problem on the Stripes site has been resolved. Users who tried to visit the site between midnight and 9 a.m. on Saturday Eastern time or experienced any difficulties accessing in the past couple of days, are encouraged to update and run their anti-virus scan programs.

More information about malware can be found at such sites as and or at the sites of such security companies as McAfee and Symantec.

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