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Beware of IRS/Tax Scams, Phishing and Malware

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Every New year starts with joys and hope. We hope to get new things. And think about money we will need for them. One source of money is tax refund. Most of us get some EXTRA cash from refund! With that hope of getting refund, we gather all necessary documents for filing tax return.  These documents come from  employer, banks, mutual funds, and so on. They have our PII (personally identifiable information) and PSI (sensitive financial information). Those who are there for IRS/Tax scams, they want them too.

IRS/Tax Scam artists are active in the cyberspace

Guess, in the New Year, who are more active  than us! Malicious cyber-criminals, who are creating tax scams with phishing  methods that have sophisticated and intricate social engineering techniques. They want to steal PII and PSI for getting money from us. They will use phishing, malwares, spyware, keylogger and many other creative tools. The big question to ask: Is my cybersecurity fences are up-to-date for protecting me from phishing, malwares, spyware, and  keylogger so that malicious actors cannot get my PII and PSI?


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IRS/Tax scams are common in cyberspace.

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In the cyberspace, thousands of cybersecurity attacks and numerous security breached are happening every moment; only a fraction of all these breaches are known. Even breaches those are known, common news sources reports only those that are most appealing to common people, and not necessarily those that are most dangerous to the people. Moreover, they hardly recommend any defensive action that one can or should take to protect himself or herself. Here we intend to provide most recent cybersecurity news as well as past big events including big security breaches that directly affected millions of common people and those malware infections that were catastrophic in nature and directly or indirectly affected millions of people. The content will be divided into several categories to find information that interest you most now.


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Hacker Breached Cybersecurity and Stole 57million records

Uber was hacked about a year back. The hacker stole records of 57 million customers and drivers. According to Uber, no PSI (personally sensitive information) of users were exposed.

Hacker got PSI of Uber drivers

But the Uber drivers were not that fortunate. Their driver-license and other related information were exposed. To most of us, cybersecurity breakdown of companies are becoming common events. Moreover, delay in acknowledging the security breakdown and underreporting the number of people affected from it are not unusual (although people are dismayed). Because, this how typically most of the companies reduce the adverse reaction from the customers.

Hacker was paid $100,000

But what is very strange in Uber’s case is that the company paid $100,000 (should we call it ransom) to the hacker for deleting the hacked data and keeping his silence. The question the cyberspace experts are asking: how do Uber know that the hacker has not kept any data and will not make more money selling in them in the dark web.

I will keep watching statements from my credit card statements more closely than I do. I think those who used Uber in the past they should do the same.


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