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Phishing Scams

Gone Phishin’: Hack Leads to HIPAA Settlement

While your business may indeed be a “victim” when hit by a phishing attack, your enterprise can also be responsible for violations of law associated with the incident. Earlier this week, the HHS Office for Civil Rights...more

IRS Asks Employers to Report Phishing Schemes

Every tax season seems to bring with it new attempts by criminals to fraudulently obtain tax refunds. One popular “phishing” scheme involves fraudulent emails that appear to be from a company executive seeking personal...more

Defending Against Social Engineering Attacks

by Fisher Phillips on

The term “social engineering” used to conjure up images of social scientists with Ph.D’s brainstorming ways to improve race relations or provide lower income groups with greater access to education and employment...more

Washington University School of Medicine Victim of Phishing Attack

Another employee falls for a phishing attack. This time, it was an employee of the Washington University School of Medicine The employee received a phishing email on December 2, 2016, and feel for what looked like a real...more

Gone Phishin’: Hack Leads to HIPAA Settlement

Earlier this week, the HHS Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) announced a $400,000 settlement with Metro Community Provider Network (“MCPN”) related to a 2012 HIPAA breach caused by a phishing scam. The phishing scam, carried...more

Virginia Amends Breach Notification Law

by McGuireWoods LLP on

As previously reported, the significant rise in Form W-2 phishing e-mails has prompted increased awareness surrounding these fraudulent tax schemes. Most recently, Virginia has responded to these types of attacks by amending...more

UDRP: An alternative to traditional litigation

by McAfee & Taft on

Imagine for a moment that after investing time and money in branding and marketing your product or service, someone registers a domain name that matches your trademark. Now imagine that the owner of the domain name will only...more

Privacy Tip #81 – LastPass Users—Listen Up!

People always ask me if I use a password manager. The answer is no. I am too paranoid to put all of my passwords in one place. Instead, I prefer to use variations on complex pass phrases that I can remember and I change them...more

Virginia Responds to W-2 Phishing Scams with First of Its Kind Notification Requirement

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

As previously highlighted, in early February, the IRS issued a warning to all employers regarding the resurgence of a W-2 based cyber scam. Since the IRS warning, this type of scam has taken numerous victims. On February 15,...more

"Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - March 2017"

In this edition of our Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, we discuss the Congressional vote to repeal the FCC Privacy Rule, new cybersecurity developments from the Trump administration and the FTC's new guidance to companies on...more

Important Information on W-2/SSN Data Theft Scam

by Bryan Cave on

A dangerous email scam currently is circulating nationwide and targeting employers, including tax exempt entities, universities and schools, government and private-sector businesses. The scammer poses as an internal executive...more

Trademark Owners Beware of Chinese Domain Name Marketing Ploy

by Jaburg Wilk on

Some e-mail marketing ploys are pretty clever and some spam or phishing attempts brilliantly disguised as valid e-mail. While there are many great reasons to register your trademark with the United States Patent & Trademark...more

February 2017: Client Alert

by Moskowitz LLP on

Tax Calendar - February 28 - Payers must file informational returns with the IRS. (Except certain Forms 1099-MISC with non-employee compensation payments in box 7, which are due before February 1. Excluding...more

Scratching the Surface: The FTC’s Phishing Tips for Victim Companies Are a Good First Step but Companies Should Not Stop There

by Carlton Fields on

In one type of phishing, fraudsters impersonate your business when contacting consumers. Phishing victims think they’re giving information to your company — by phone or Internet —but instead give personal or financial...more

“W-2 Phishing Attacks Targeting Businesses to Cash in on Busy Tax Season: 10 Tips to Protect Your Business”

by Sedgwick LLP on

Cyber criminals are taking advantage of tax season to lure valuable W-2 information from vulnerable businesses. An example of a common phishing scheme starts with a scammer posing as a legitimate employee of a company,...more

Privacy Tip #77 – FTC Offers Tips to Businesses That Have Been Impersonated by Phishing Schemes

On March 6, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released tips and a video to businesses that have been impersonated by Phishing schemes. The guidance, entitled “Has a phishing scam hooked your company’s good name?”...more

It's W-2 Phishing Season: How to Stop, and Respond to, Tax-Related Identity Fraud Aimed at Your Organization's Employees

by Littler on

HR and payroll professionals nationwide have been, and will continue to be, targeted with e-mails apparently sent by a senior executive but actually sent by scammers who ask for a prompt reply with the 2016 W-2s for all of...more

Shorts On Long Term Care March 2017 - News for the NC LTC Community

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

Thursdays with Mama - Life has a rhythm, a symmetry, a meter, a metric. It’s rarely smooth or perfect. It’s knots and knuckles, bumps and bruises. It’s rough and tumble. It sings its own song in its own...more

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...more

Phishing Scams Targeting HR and Payroll Are on the Rise this Tax Season

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

It starts with an e-mail from upper management asking for employee data or payroll records. Wanting to demonstrate that he’s diligent and responsive, a well-meaning HR or payroll person promptly sends off the requested...more

Let's Go Phishing!

by Fisher Phillips on

Emails, lots and lots of emails, filling our inboxes. Even with the best security and filters, it seems that hackers are simply building better mousetraps. The bigger problem, however, is the trusting nature of individuals...more

W2 Phishing Scam Hits Citizens Memorial Hospital

We continue to see all industries hit with W2 phishing scams, including the health care industry. Citizens Memorial Hospital, located in Bolivar, Missouri, was hit with the scam when one of its employees believed that an...more

Don’t Get Hooked! W-2 Phishing Scams on the Rise During Tax Season

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Tax season can be a trying time of the year for any employer, but even more so now. As HR Departments across the country are working hard to distribute W-2 forms to employees, cybercriminals are using increasingly...more

Payroll and Email Do Not Mix

by Taylor English Duma LLP on

Tax season brings with it many headaches. For the last couple of years, W2-related phishing scams have been among them. Cyberthieves may send email to HR or financial personnel that looks like it comes from a senior...more

Cybersecurity Threats for Treasury & Payment Management Systems Report Released

Pactera Technologies N.A., Inc. [www.Pactera.com] has released the report “Cybersecurity Threats for Treasury & Payment Management Systems: Six Things you Should Know to Manage Them.” It is easy to understand and pertinent,...more

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