- The FBI has issued a Public Service Announcement for the Increase in W-2 Phishing Campaigns.
Increase in W-2 Phishing Campaigns
Beginning in January 2017, IRS’s Online Fraud Detection & Prevention (OFDP), which monitors for suspected IRS-related phishing emails, observed an increase in reports of compromised or spoofed emails requesting W-2 information. Sometimes these requests were followed by or combined with a request for an unauthorized wire transfer.
The most popular method remains impersonating an executive, either through a compromised or spoofed email in order to obtain W-2 information from a Human Resource (HR) professional within the same organization.
Individual taxpayers may also be the targeted, but criminals have evolved their tactics to focus on mass data thefts.
This scam is just one of several new variations of IRS and tax-related phishing campaigns targeting W-2 information, indicating an increase in the interest of criminals in sensitive tax information.
Link to read more, including How to Report a Data Loss Related to W-2 Scam, How to Report a Data Loss to state tax Agencies, How to Report to IRS, Recommendations and Best Practices:
I ran across an article in The Washington Post regarding Net Neutrality. The first question that came up was, “what is net neutrality and what’s all the buzz about.”
In a nutshell, net neutrality rule was put into place to keep the Internet Free to use and to keep communication company’s and Internet service providers from dictating what we can access and/or who can access our information on the Internet. The current rule states that everyone should be getting the same Internet access. This rule was put in place by the Obama administration. The Trump administration want to repeal it. The FCC meeting will be held on Thursday, December 14, 2017 to undo the 2015 rule that keeps Internet providers from slowing and/or blocking certain websites.
In reading an article written by Geoffrey A. Fowler, Technology columnist for The Washington Post, He states the following: ” If the FCC removes net neutrality regulations, surfing the Internet will be more like waiting in lines at the airport.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2017/12/13/net-neutrality-keeps-the-web-from-running-like-an-airport-security-line-and-it-might-go-away/?utm_term=.190fefe96a1
I could just picture being in the airport waiting in line to go through the check points, then to board the plan, especially if you did not upgrade your ticket. Anybody that’s had to fly can definitely relate to what that looks and feels like.
Repealing the Net Neutrality rule would mean that Comcast, AT&T and Verizon could control what we have access to on the Internet and who has access to us. These companies could create fast and slow lanes on the Internet. To be in the fast lane there would be a fee. My son stated that we would be behind a “Pay Wall.”
This is not going to be good for anyone. The Internet serves as a place where we can speak freely and obtain information just for the asking. Businesses use the Internet to market their products and services. For small business, repealing the Net Neutrality rule could be devastating to your business.
I encourage you to do your research and learn what the Net Neutrality Rule is all about and then make your voice heard. You can go to http://act.freepress.net/sign/internet_wake_up_destroy/?source=what
As an IT professional, I talk to computer users all day everyday. Most of the time, I find myself translating because they are unable to speak the basic computer language. As a result, it usually takes more time to fix a problem with the computer because I have to translate the terminology into layman terms. Some of the basic language used when an IT professionals needs to fix a problem on your computer are:
Let’s start with your desktop; when your computer boots up (boot up is all the background initialization that happens when you turn your computer on from a powered off state) , this is where all of the pictures of your programs are located. These pictures are called icons. Behind the icon is an executable that launches the program when you click on it
So the next time you talk to your Technical support person, and they ask you about your desktop and icon, you know what they are. Stay tuned for more technical terms to empower you.