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Tag: Tax Fraud

Tax and Unemployment Fraud in 2021

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Tax season again. In a decision to assist US taxpayers navigating the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the IRS and Treasury Department postponed the April 15 tax filing deadline to May 17. The UK reached a similar conclusion, giving UK taxpayers an additional month to send in their tax […]

When There’s No Need to Hack: Exposed Personal Information

With Equifax‘s breach of 145 million records still fresh in everyone’s memory and the recent Facebook data privacy controversy, protecting personal data has become part of the political, economic and cultural zeitgeist. Debates over how data can be misused are now commonplace, and newsfeeds are awash with stores of “yet another breach of personal information”. There’s […]

Shadow Talk Update – 03.19.2018

This week’s Shadow Talk features the latest techniques in tax return fraud, claimed vulnerabilities in AMD chips, Slingshot malware targeting Mikrotik routers, and Greenflash Sundown Exploit Kit delivering Hermes ransomware.     Slingshot espionage campaign undetected for six years A newly detected cyber espionage campaign used a compromised router as a foothold to drop malicious information-stealing […]

It’s Accrual World: Tax Return Fraud in 2018

With just over a month until Tax Deadline Day, individuals are scrambling to get their tax returns submitted. This is a proven time of the year for cybercrime, and 2018 has been no exception. The Internal Revenue Service has already outlined new scams targeting consumers this year. Criminals have once again used tax themes as […]

Tax Fraud in 2017

The IRS recently released an alert that warned tax professionals and taxpayers to be wary of last minute email scams. With April 18 looming, how concerned should individuals and businesses be by tax fraud? On January 31, 2017, a report by Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration’s “Results of the 2016 Filing Season” was published, […]