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IRS makes tax refund scams harder but W-2 phishing attacks continue unabated

Anti-fraud measures by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and state agencies over the past two years have made tax refund scams harder for cyber criminals to pull off even as attacks targeting taxpayer information continue unabated.

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Critical infrastructure: Off the web, out of danger?

For more than a decade there have been warnings that US critical infrastructure is vulnerable to a cyber “Pearl Harbor” attack. Those overseeing the grid say that is close to impossible, since control systems are not connected to the...

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IRS issues new tax scam warnings, FSA tool suspended due to security concerns

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued a new warning to businesses, taxpayers, and tax prep professionals about Phishing scams targeting the sensitive information they work with on a daily basis. Soon after, the IRS and the US...

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Is the rocky road to EMV retail adoption getting smoother?

Confusion and resistance to EMV abounded in 2015, but 2017 brings improvements in adoption and an ongoing evolution in the implementation of EMV-capable credit card readers.

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Do you have an incident response plan in place?

Details matter when developing an incident response (IR) plan. But, even the most successful IR plans can lack critical information, impeding how quickly normal business operations are restored.

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Crime ring used Amazon, eBay to sell stolen printer ink

A dozen suspects are accused of raking in at least $12 million by putting stolen ink cartridges and retail electronics up for sale on Amazon and eBay, New York’s attorney general said on Wednesday.

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Five tips to be ‘security smart’ this tax season

Every year there are scams to dupe you into filing your taxes with the wrong collector

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More than 120,000 affected by W-2 Phishing scams this tax season

Tax season doesn't officially end in the United States until April 18. At last count, 110 organizations have reported successful Phishing attacks targeting W-2 records, placing more than 120,000 taxpayers at risk for identity fraud.

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The IT equipment you can take into battle

If you're in IT, you're as familiar with your laptop and your cell phone as a farmer is with his tools. And just like Japanese farmers with their kama, you might find yourself using one of those tools in battle, for offense or...

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SpammerGate: The takeaway lessons and follow-ups on the River City Media data breach

Earlier this week, Salted Hash reported on the River City Media data breach, which exposed their operations fully. Today's follow-up examines some lessons learned, and few of the tools used by the company during their spamming...

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Workplace violence: Prevention and response

Every year nearly 2 million Americans are victims of workplace violence, which is defined as any act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation or other disruptive behavior that occurs at the work site. This article will...

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Why the Ukraine power grid attacks should raise alarm

The cyber-attacks in Ukraine are the first publicly acknowledged incidents to result in massive power outages. Grid defenders should develop anticipatory responses to these and other ICS attacks.

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Spammers expose their entire operation through bad backups

In January, MacKeeper researcher Chris Vickery contacted Salted Hash with an interesting discovery, and with the help of Spamhaus, we were able to fully make sense of the data. What follows is an inside look at a well-known, but...

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Why awareness needs to teach scam detection and reaction

Most awareness programs teach users how to behave. Ira Winkler argues training needs to go further so people know what to do if they do fall victim to fraud.

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Fraud rises as cybercriminals flock to online lenders

The latest quarterly ThreatMetrix Cybercrime Report shows 1 million cyberattacks targeted online lending transactions throughout 2016, causing estimated losses of more than $10 billion.

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Has fraud met its match?

New and dynamic authentication factors can help prevent identity theft. The idea of using a fingerprint reader to log on to a smartphone is nothing new, but the latest wrinkle is the pressure with which that finger pushes on the...

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The evolving role of the chief security officer

Today's Chief Security Officers (CSO) are charged with mitigating an array of interdisciplinary and intersecting risks across the enterprise. The CSO role is evolving into a mission-critical service that spans risk areas ranging from...

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Report: some small cities have surprisingly high number of exposed devices

This morning, Trend Micro released a report about the exposed cyberassets in the top U.S. cities and most critical industry segments -- and in many cases, it was the smaller municipalities that had the largest number of problems.

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Researcher develops ransomware attack that targets water supply

A security researcher is showing that it’s not hard to hold industrial control systems for ransom. He's experimented with a simulated water treatment system based on actual programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and documented how...

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Experts worried about ransomware hitting critical infrastructure

Expect ransomware to grow more aggressive in the coming years, including higher ransom payments and attempts to go beyond attacking data -- by shutting down entire computer systems to utilities or factories.

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