Blog Posts Tagged with "IRS"

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FTC Says Tax Fraud is On the Rise and Here's Why

March 11, 2012 Added by:Kelly Colgan

Used to be crooks snagged a Social Security number to open a credit card and run up charges. Now they've found an easier way to make money, according to the FTC: Identity thieves prefer to commit tax and wage-related fraud...

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Your Name and SSN - All a Thief Needs for Tax Fraud

February 14, 2012 Added by:Kelly Colgan

The IRS has seen a significant increase in the number of fraud cases involving identity theft, according to Steven Miller, IRS deputy commissioner for services and enforcement. Addresses don’t mean anything. All a thief needs is your name and Social Security number...

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Tax Season Phishing Scams and Malware Campaigns

February 09, 2012 Added by:Headlines

Due to the upcoming tax deadline, US-CERT reminds users to remain cautious when receiving unsolicited email that could be part of a potential phishing scam or malware campaign. These messages may appear to be from the IRS and ask users to submit personal information...

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GAO Report: IRS Security Controls Continue to Languish

November 16, 2011 Added by:Headlines

The "IRS did not, in GAO’s opinion, maintain effective internal control over financial reporting... These issues increase the risk of unauthorized individuals accessing, altering, or abusing proprietary IRS programs and electronic data and taxpayer information,” the report contends...

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Is Your e-file Tax Return Secure?

March 23, 2011 Added by:Ken Stasiak

The IRS issued six new security requirements to supplement GLBA and other regulations. The ruling went into effect on January 1, 2010, with a one year grace period. That means now all Cloud Providers that either store, process, or transmit individual income tax returns must demonstrate compliance...

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Insider Threats and IRS Network Security Controls

March 16, 2011 Added by:Headlines

The report indicates the IRS failed to limit employee access to sensitive information in accordance with employee's job duties, leaving the agency vulnerable to insider threats. The report also found that the IRS had failed to update critical database software and enable key auditing capabilities...

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Tax Related Identity Theft Scams Up 300%

March 13, 2011 Added by:Robert Siciliano

A recent Scripps Howard News Service investigation analyzed more than 1.4 million ID theft records from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission from 2005 through early 2010. In it they found that fraud complaints about stolen tax return-related identity theft jumped nearly 300 percent...

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IRS Remains Fully Reliant on Social Security Numbers

December 05, 2010 Added by:Robert Siciliano

At present, the IRS, along with many other government agencies and corporations, relies on Social Security numbers and will do so for years to come. This continued reliance will inevitably result in additional data breaches and therefore, more stolen identities...

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Phishing Scammers Getting a Jump on Tax Season

November 22, 2010 Added by:Headlines

Recent alerts concern emails purported to be sent from the Electronic Funds Transfer Payment System which inform the recipient that there is a problem with their tax payments. The email contains a link to a spoofed website that contains malicious malware that will infect the visitor's computer...

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