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IRS Warns of Video Relay Scam Targeting Deaf and Hard of Hearing irs.gov Every day scammers come up with new ways to steal taxpayers’ identities and personal information. Some scammers pretend to be from the IRS with one goal in mind: to steal money. Be aware that con artists will use video relay services (VRS) to try to scam deaf and hard of hearing individuals. Don’t become a victim. Deaf and hard of hearing taxpayers should avoid giving out personal and financial information to anyone they do not know. Always confirm that the person requesting personal information is who they say they are. Do not automatically trust calls just because they are made through VRS. VRS interpreters do not screen calls for validity.
RSA Conference: Lessons From a Billion Breached Data Records esecurityplanet.com Troy Hunt sees more breached records than most of us, running the popular ethical data breach search service "Have I been pwned." In a session at the RSA Conference this week, Hunt entertained the capacity crowd with tales both humorous and frightening about breaches that he has been involved with.
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Massive' Identity Theft Ring Could Affect 1 in 20 Utahns, Police Say Monday, February 20, 2017 deseretnews.com The group is accused of obtaining personal information — including the Social Security numbers and dates of birth of more than 143,000 people. That means approximately 1 in every 20 Utahns has the potential of becoming victims of identity theft by members of this group, said Diana Hagen, the first assistant U.S. attorney for Utah.
5 Data Breach Threats Your Small Business Should Prepare For Monday, February 20, 2017 businessnewsdaily.com Securing sensitive information has never been more difficult with new malware threats that seem to pop up every single year. Data breaches affect even the most renowned companies like Yahoo, LinkedIn and Dropbox, to name a few. For small businesses, in particular, being ready for a data breach is essential to survival if — or more likely, when — one occurs.
Phishing Campaign Uses Yahoo Breach to Hook Email Monday, February 20, 2017 csoonline.com The Yahoo breach news is another opportunity for industrious criminals to prey on user concern about account security. Here's what to look for in the latest phishing hook.
Senator Seeks Answers on Border Cell Phone Searches Monday, February 20, 2017 cnn.com Can the government demand you unlock your phone at the airport? A senior Senate Democrat is demanding the Department of Homeland Security explain reports that it's doing just that. Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, a senior member of the Senate Intelligence Committee and privacy hawk, is set to send a letter to DHS Secretary John Kelly calling reports that Americans were required to unlock their smartphones "deeply troubling," asking what legal authority allows for it.
Law Firm Cybersecurity: An Industry at Serious Risk Monday, February 20, 2017 teachprivacy.com Last year, major incidents involving law firm data breaches brought attention to the weaknesses within law firm data security and the need for more effective plans and preparation. An American Bar Association (ABA) survey reveals that 26% of firms (with more than 500 attorneys) experienced some sort of data breach in 2016, up from 23% in 2015.