Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Attacks/Breaches

3/20/2017
08:50 AM
50%
50%

IRS Warns Taxpayers of Email Scams

The IRS, along with state tax agencies and the tax industry, urge people to be wary of phishing email scams.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) joins state tax agencies, and the tax industry, in warning tax professionals and taxpayers of phishing email scams as the 2017 filing season comes to a close.

Tax-related scams are popular as the April 18 deadline approaches. Phishing emails with tax themes, which may request last-minute deposit changes for refunds or account updates, are common. One scam, posing as the taxpayer, asks tax preparers to change refund destinations. Taxpayers could also receive fake emails from tax software providers to update account information.

To better protect themselves, the IRS urges taxpayers to recognize phishing emails, calls, or text messages pretending to be from software companies or banks. Tax professionals should strengthen their account passwords and verbally confirm last-minute changes with clients.

Taxpayers who receive suspicious messages claiming to be from the IRS, or from tax software providers, should forward them to [email protected].

Read more details from the IRS here.  

Dark Reading's Quick Hits delivers a brief synopsis and summary of the significance of breaking news events. For more information from the original source of the news item, please follow the link provided in this article. View Full Bio
 

Recommended Reading:

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Oldest First  |  Newest First  |  Threaded View
RyanSepe
50%
50%
RyanSepe,
User Rank: Ninja
3/21/2017 | 9:58:01 AM
Method of Transit
What needs to be a more common message from the IRS is that the method by which tax notifciations are provided is by mail. Electronic methods discussing any items related should be discarded.
RyanSepe
50%
50%
RyanSepe,
User Rank: Ninja
3/21/2017 | 10:07:55 AM
Interesting Item
I conducted a phishing campaign at my company to mirror this type of email scam. Utilizing real data sets many employees contacted the IRS through their phishing email distribution. Due to the efficacy of the phishing exercise, we were provided a notification from the IRS that requested we cease the campaign.
COVID-19: Latest Security News & Commentary
Dark Reading Staff 9/21/2020
Hacking Yourself: Marie Moe and Pacemaker Security
Gary McGraw Ph.D., Co-founder Berryville Institute of Machine Learning,  9/21/2020
Startup Aims to Map and Track All the IT and Security Things
Kelly Jackson Higgins, Executive Editor at Dark Reading,  9/22/2020
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon
Current Issue
Special Report: Computing's New Normal
This special report examines how IT security organizations have adapted to the "new normal" of computing and what the long-term effects will be. Read it and get a unique set of perspectives on issues ranging from new threats & vulnerabilities as a result of remote working to how enterprise security strategy will be affected long term.
Flash Poll
How IT Security Organizations are Attacking the Cybersecurity Problem
How IT Security Organizations are Attacking the Cybersecurity Problem
The COVID-19 pandemic turned the world -- and enterprise computing -- on end. Here's a look at how cybersecurity teams are retrenching their defense strategies, rebuilding their teams, and selecting new technologies to stop the oncoming rise of online attacks.
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2015-4719
PUBLISHED: 2020-09-24
The client API authentication mechanism in Pexip Infinity before 10 allows remote attackers to gain privileges via a crafted request.
CVE-2020-15604
PUBLISHED: 2020-09-24
An incomplete SSL server certification validation vulnerability in the Trend Micro Security 2019 (v15) consumer family of products could allow an attacker to combine this vulnerability with another attack to trick an affected client into downloading a malicious update instead of the expected one. CW...
CVE-2020-24560
PUBLISHED: 2020-09-24
An incomplete SSL server certification validation vulnerability in the Trend Micro Security 2019 (v15) consumer family of products could allow an attacker to combine this vulnerability with another attack to trick an affected client into downloading a malicious update instead of the expected one. CW...
CVE-2020-25596
PUBLISHED: 2020-09-23
An issue was discovered in Xen through 4.14.x. x86 PV guest kernels can experience denial of service via SYSENTER. The SYSENTER instruction leaves various state sanitization activities to software. One of Xen's sanitization paths injects a #GP fault, and incorrectly delivers it twice to the guest. T...
CVE-2020-25597
PUBLISHED: 2020-09-23
An issue was discovered in Xen through 4.14.x. There is mishandling of the constraint that once-valid event channels may not turn invalid. Logic in the handling of event channel operations in Xen assumes that an event channel, once valid, will not become invalid over the life time of a guest. Howeve...