Tag Archives: w-2

American Senior Communities Suffers W-2 Scam

W-2 phishing schemes continue to be a problem for companies in every industry. Last week, American Senior Communities based in Indiana announced that one of its employees was scammed through a phishing email and thereafter sent over 17,000 employees’ W-2 forms to the fraudulent emailer. Unfortunately, the scam was not discovered until a month after … Continue Reading

2016 Was the Year of the Data Breach

Although every year we lament about the significance of data breaches in the past year, 2016 was by far the worst. Data breaches were rampant, victimizing every industry and numbing consumers in the process. It was so bad that consumers began to throw up their hands and say “My personal information is out there anyway. … Continue Reading

Experian sponsors Ponemon study on data breach

Experian Data Breach Resolution sponsored a recently released Ponemon Study entitled “Managing Insider Risk through Training & Culture.” The report is quite timely in light of all of the recent successful W-2 phishing schemes. The report is very informative and worth the read. The highlights include that 66% of the respondents “admit employees are the … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #31 – Landlines still a safe way to communicate but telephone companies want to drop them

I am pretty up-to-date on data privacy and security and technology, but the 60 Minutes episode this past Sunday night floored even me. If you didn’t see it, it is worth streaming. Basically, 60 Minutes showed Karsten Nohl, a German computer scientist, remotely attacking U.S. Congressman Ted Lieu’s cell phone and listening to his cell … Continue Reading

Experian handling 70 breaches a week resulting from IRS phishing scam

On March 1, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service alerted the business community of an e-mail phishing scheme designed to convince employees to provide company-wide W-2 tax forms containing social security numbers and other personally identifiable information [view related post].  While the scam has taken different forms, the most prevalent approach is a purported internal e-mail … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #24 – IRS issues Alert to Payroll and HR Professionals about phishing scheme for W-2s

This week’s tip is for businesses, and in particular, the human resources, benefits and finance departments of all businesses. It doesn’t matter what industry you are in or where you or located. It doesn’t matter if you have 2 employees or 2,000. Just know that you can become the victim of a sophisticated cyber-attack. It … Continue Reading
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