IRS Alerts Payroll and HR Professionals to Phishing Scheme Involving W-2s

The Internal Revenue Service issued an alert to payroll and human resources professionals to beware of an emerging phishing email scheme that purports to be from company executives and requests personal information on employees.

IRS has learned this scheme, part of the surge in phishing emails seen this year, has already claimed several victims as payroll and human resources offices mistakenly email payroll data including Forms W-2 that contain Social Security numbers and other personally identifiable information to cybercriminals posing as company executives.

This phishing variation is known as a “spoofing” email. It will contain, for example, the actual name of the company chief executive officer. In this variation, the “CEO” sends an email to a company payroll office employee and requests a list of employees and information including SSNs.

 

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Cyberstalking

A simple definition of cyberstalking would be use of electronic communications to persistently harass someone. In recent years this form of stalking has been on the rise.

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Types of Stalking and some common tactics of Stalkers.

The Department of Justice (DOJ), National Institute of Justice (NIJ), has a site that identifies types of stalking, common tactics of the stalker, and the impact of stalking.   It also outlines the dangers posed by stalkers and reporting stalking to law enforcement agencies.

The DOJ NIJ site will guide you through various issues concerning stalking.

 

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What is Stalking?

Stalking refers to repeated harassing or threatening behavior by an individual, such as following a person, appearing at a person’s home or place of business, making harassing phone calls, leaving written messages or objects, or vandalizing a person’s property, according to the U.S. Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime (OVC).

Any unwanted contact between two people that directly or indirectly communicates a threat or places the victim in fear can be considered stalking, but the actual legal definition of stalking varies from state to state according to each state’s laws.

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Dozens of victims lost close to $1 million, after purchasing counterfeit Louis Vuitton merchandise.

Handbags and accessories go hand-in-hand with high fashion, so it’s no wonder there is a healthy market for counterfeit goods.

Pam (last name withheld) sought a high-end bag, but a search online led to something quite different.

“I had admired a friend’s pocketbook,” she said, “and it was a Louis Vuitton and it was a specific style but was told that they discontinued it.”

So she went online and found a site that claimed all items were sent with a letter of authenticity.

“The price was pretty much on target for what would be an authentic bag,” she said. She ordered items totaling more than $1,400.

It arrived, without the certificate of authenticity.

Then, within an hour or two, she received a phone call, from New York postal inspectors who were tracking the website and items being sent to customers. They told her they had to confiscate the bag as evidence.

A representative from Louis Vuitton came in and examine all the bags. They were able to confirm items were counterfeit.

Inspectors say dozens of victims lost close to $1 million.

Three suspects pleaded guilty to attempted wire fraud and counterfeit goods charges in this case and are awaiting sentencing.

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Louis Vuitton sues counterfeit online sellers in China

French luxury goods firm Louis Vuitton is seeking damages from three people convicted of offering counterfeit versions of its clothing, shoes and handbags on Alibaba Group Holding Ltd’s popular Taobao shopping website, a Beijing court said.

A district court in Beijing accepted the lawsuit filed by Louis Vuitton, owned by LVMH, the world’s biggest luxury group, last Monday, according to a statement on the court’s website.

The company is taking the three defendants, two of them surnamed Liang and the other surnamed Han, to court, “asking them to stop infringing on its trademark and is seeking compensation of economic losses of 250,000 yuan ($37,900)”, according to the court statement.

 

 

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A smartphone application that could expose your personal information to criminals

Gary Miliefsky was interviewed by Bret Baier about an alarming privacy breach posed by smartphone flashlight apps.

Miliefsky, who has allegedly advised two White House administrations on cybersecurity, described this problem as bigger than Ebola because 500 million people are infected and they don’t know it.

Miliefsky explained that the top 10 flashlight apps currently available at the Google Play store are all malware.

“They’re malicious, they’re spying, they’re snooping and they’re stealing,” he said, adding that that stolen information has primarily flowed into three countries: China, India and Russia.

Miliefsky added that the stolen data is used mainly for criminal purposes, but if one of those states wants information on Americans, they now have easier access.

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Private Investigators in California indicted

Two private detectives in California are accused in a federal indictment of hiring computer hackers to obtain information from litigants in civil lawsuits.

The ABA Journal, reports that two private detectives are accused of hiring computer experts to hack into computers, email and Skype accounts. In one case, the indictment (PDF) says, hackers installed a keylogger to record the keys struck on a keyboard. The San Jose Mercury News and a press release summarize the allegations.

The information was designed to help clients of Moser and Siragusa, who had separate businesses but sometimes worked together, the press release says.

Moser and Siragusa are charged, along with one of Moser’s clients and two hackers, with conspiracy, accessing a protected computer, interception of private communications, and aiding and abetting.

The client, Carlo Pacileo, was director of security for network marketing company ViSalus. He hired Moser for help in a suit involving rival company Ocean Avenue, which had hired several ViSalus employees, the indictment says. Moser then enlisted Siragusa’s help, and together they hired the hackers, the press release alleges.

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