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US tax agency says cyberattacks more extensive than previously thought

US tax agency says cyberattacks more extensive than previously thought

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) said Monday a hacking attack into one of its computer databases revealed in May was much more extensive than previously thought, with nearly three times as many taxpayers hit by data theft. The IRS said in late May the tax return information of about 114,000 U.S. […]

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Washington Alert – DOJ reaches deal with Finter Bank; Tax Benefits to Military; CI’s new cybercrime unit

Washington Alert – DOJ reaches deal with Finter Bank; Tax Benefits to Military; CI’s new cybercrime unit

The Justice Department (DOJ) announced on May 15 that it has reached a resolution with Finter Bank Zurich AG under the department’s Swiss Bank Program. (15-622) The bank must pay a $5.41 million penalty. As described by DOJ, the Swiss Bank Program provides a way for Swiss banks to resolve potential criminal liabilities in the […]

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FSOC Says Cybersecurity Remains a Top Concern

FSOC Says Cybersecurity Remains a Top Concern

The Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC), a panel of financial regulators, said that cybersecurity remained a top concern, given the persistent threats as exhibited by the massive theft of credit card information at Target Corp. The FSOC said the frequency, severity, and sophistication of the attacks are likely to increase, and financial regulators must continue […]

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Nine Charged in Conspiracy to Steal Millions of Dollars Using “Zeus” Malware

Nine Charged in Conspiracy to Steal Millions of Dollars Using “Zeus” Malware

As reported by the DOJ, nine alleged members of a wide-ranging racketeering enterprise and conspiracy who infected thousands of business computers with malicious software known as “Zeus” have been charged in an indictment unsealed today in Lincoln, Neb. Acting Assistant Attorney General David A. O’Neil of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Deborah R. […]

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Online Security Tips – It’s as easy as 1-2-3 (Stop, Think, Connect)

Online Security Tips – It’s as easy as 1-2-3 (Stop, Think, Connect)

As noted by USA.gov, Cyber crimes come in a variety of forms, including identity theft, fraud, and viruses. Reduce your chances of becoming a victim by taking these important steps online: 1. Set strong passwords, change them regularly, and don’t share them with others. 2. Keep your operating system, browser, and other critical software optimized […]

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Payment Processor for Scareware Cybercrime Ring Sentenced to 48 Months in Prison

Payment Processor for Scareware Cybercrime Ring Sentenced to 48 Months in Prison

As reported by the Department of Justice press release, Mikael Patrick Sallnert, 37, a citizen of Sweden, was sentenced to 48 months in prison for his role in an international cybercrime ring that netted $71 million by infecting victims’ computers with “scareware” and selling rogue antivirus software that was supposed to secure victims’ computers but […]

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Meet Paul Raymond

Meet Paul Raymond

Mr. Raymond is a sought after speaker in tax controversy law by many attorney, accountant, and business groups and at the request of the Internal Revenue Service, has presented programs at the IRS Nationwide Tax Forum, attended by tax professionals throughout the United States.

Additionally, he continues to be an active member in the Section of Taxation, American Bar Association, where he was the Past Chair of the Employment Taxes Committee.

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