The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has provided network security tips for vulnerable ASUS-branded wireless routers. Major security flaws in these routers may have exposed customers' sensitive information to malicious actors.
Already in 2016, the IRS is seeing multiple email phishing scams – some posing as the IRS – targeting tax preparers. These scams are designed to steal sensitive information – either the preparers’ passwords for IRS accounts or sensitive taxpayer data stored on computers.
Because of improved protections in recent years, the Internal Revenue Service stops the vast majority of fraudulent tax returns using stolen identities. But identity thieves and criminal syndicates continue to persist and evolve.
If you believe you are a victim of identity theft, you should contact one of the three major credit bureaus to place a “fraud alert” on your credit account. This critically important step makes it harder for identity thieves to obtain a credit card or loan in your name.