Using stolen data, cyber-criminals have accesses past tax returns for more than 100,000 people. How did they do it? They gained access to IRS records through an application on the IRS website. The IRS sent the criminals about $50 million in refunds before it detected the fraud.
This week I moderated another Social Media Today webinar as part of their Best Thinker webinar series, this time on the topic of Protecting Your Brand: Privacy, Risk and Compliance. This webinar was sponsored by Tracx and featured speakers from PwC, Actiance, and Tracx. We discussed the risks in social media which we so often ignore.
Have you ever worried about having your website hacked? According to Forbes, 30,000 web sites are hacked each day. These vulnerable sites can be infected with malicious code looking to suck the SEO score from your URL .
What happens if someone manages to hack into one of these building automation devices and gains control over the locks of a building? What about if they are able to gain access to automatically update logs about what actions the device performs and the time of day in which they occur? As you can see, this could pose a serious threat.
Has your business recently suffered a cyber-attack? Don’t panic. With this response guide, you can minimize the damage you suffer – and prevent a second attack. It’s news no server owner ever wants to hear. There was a flaw in your security - and somehow, a criminal managed to sneak their way in. Your business’s information has been compromised - and very likely fallen into unsavory hands.
Tax season had barely begun when we got the news that hackers had broken into Intuit’s online TurboTax service and stolen customer refunds. Others used the service to create fake returns and collected refunds this way. Originally up to 18 states reported upticks in fraudulent activity. It’s enough to make you take a second look at those ads for identity theft prevention or fraud protection services. But can they really help?
Imagine that tomorrow you wake up to find out a virus has infected your laptop and all your files have vanished. Your family photos, your spreadsheet of online passwords (a major security faux pas) and that report you need for a meeting later today — all gone.
By January 31, the due date for W2s and other tax forms to be postmarked, accountant and tax preparer offices were already bustling with extra traffic. Employees at a tax office just outside Baltimore, MD noted the speed clients exhibited this year in scheduling appointments. Several clients...
You may have come across advertisements for VPNs, and may even know what it stands for ( Virtual Private Network ), but if you are like most people, you aren’t sure what VPN does, or why it is important for your business. A VPN can serve many purposes; a VPN allows you to stream Netflix, Hulu, and...
When you consider the extraordinary rate at which identity crimes occur — impacting consumers every two seconds according to Javelin Strategy and Research — such a high degree of fear seems logical. Identity crimes also threaten a consumers’ sense of control, a need so vital that people are forever seeking ways to gain it in all aspects of their lives.