Taxpayer Cybersecurity – Step 5: Create a Data Theft Recovery Plan

The Security Summit, consisting of the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”), state tax agencies, and private-sector tax industry officials, is encouraging tax professionals during the 2019 summer season to take some time to assess their data security policies and review critical … Continue reading

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Taxpayer Cybersecurity – Step 3: Avoid E-mail Phishing Scams

The Security Summit, consisting of the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”), state tax agencies, and private-sector tax industry officials, is encouraging tax professionals during the 2019 summer season to take some time to assess their data security policies and review critical … Continue reading

Posted in Cyber scams, Cyber Security, Data Breach, E-mail phishing, Identity Theft, IRS, Malware

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Business Email Compromise: What It Is and What You Can Do

Business email compromise (“BEC”) is a type of cyberattack that is increasing at an alarming pace. The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation estimated in a May 2017 alert that global losses due to BEC scams totaled more than $5.3 billion … Continue reading

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FBI Warns of Romance Scams that “Break Hearts and Bank Accounts”

On the eve of Valentine’s Day, the FBI issued a timely warning about the rise of “Romance Scams.”  This type of Internet crime typically targets older widowed or divorced women.  While these women are typically computer literate and educated, they may also be … Continue reading

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Beware of Emerging Cyber Scams – Part 1: Business Email Compromise

This is the first in a series of articles about increasingly sophisticated cyber scams, and follows several alerts issued by the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).  These scams include:  (1) Business Email Compromise; (2) Ransomware; (3) Wireless Keystroke Loggers Disguised as USB … Continue reading

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