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IRS Online Security Breach Affects 100k Taxpayers

The IRS has revealed that cyber attackers managed to trick its system in handing over more than 100,000 access codes for user accounts. Fortunately the breach was discovered before any sensitive data was compromised. The attack followed a data theft ... from a source outside of the IRS. The agency hasn't revealed what that was, but it appears to have involved a stolen list that included social security numbers. The attackers then set an automated program, or "bot" to work. Using stolen social security numbers (sourced from outside the IRS), the bot was used to generate E-file PINs ... (view more)

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Teenage Heartbleed Hacker Arrested by Police

The first major arrest has been made in association with the recently discovered Heartbleed bug . The suspect is a 19-year-old Canadian hacker who exposed roughly 900 social insurance numbers of the Canada Revenue Agency. The Heartbleed bug first ... made headlines last week. It's a shocking vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library that, if exploited, can be used to steal protected information from secure websites and similar web services. According to the Washington Post, the bug may affect as much as two-thirds of the entire Internet. (Source: ... (view more)

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Top 5 Online Scams to Avoid This 2011 Tax Season

The last day to file your taxes in the U.S. is not until April 18, but hackers and online scumbags have long been preparing for the date. A number of new scams have since surfaced online, promising tax credits and other incentives for charitable ... donations. Online Tax Filing Up 6 Percent Since 2010 Almost 19 million people have already filed their taxes at home this year, which is up 6 per cent compared to 2010. For many, this will be their first time tackling the ominous task via the Internet and without the assistance of an accountant. Hackers realize that this is the time when taxpayers ... (view more)

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IRS Warns of Tax-Time Phishing Terror

As if doing your taxes weren't annoying enough, now the Internal Revenue Service is warning American citizens that a phishing scheme is reaping important personal details by posing as a free tax-filing agency. It seems no one knows better than the ... IRS that nothing -- and we mean nothing -- is free. It's a fairly bad time for such a scam, considering Tuesday's tax filing deadline. Those behind the offence clearly know that anyone still left to complete the necessary forms are desperate for help as the clock strikes twelve. The threat is making its way to the frantic via emails, with the ... (view more)

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