If you process or store Form W-2 Wage and Tax Statements, you are a target. The Form W-2 contains everything a malicious actor needs to file a false tax return with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and steal a refund. Because a W-2 contains a consumer Social Security number (SSN), it is highly valued on the dark web, and therefore highly sought after by thieves.Read more »
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W-2 Image Exploits: With the Tax Season Come the Thieves Posted on: January 10, 2019 In: Data Privacy & Cybersecurity
Tax Return Theft: Tips for Prevention & Response Posted on: January 08, 2019 In: Data Privacy & Cybersecurity
As the Internal Revenue Service warned tax professionals last month, malicious actors are currently attempting to hack into tax preparers’ networks to steal 2019 tax return information. If you are a professional tax preparer, you are a target – regardless of the size of your business. Malicious actors target information including tax returns filed in previous years, Form W-2 Wage and Tax Statement images, and anything than contains unredacted Social Security numbersRead more »
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