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IRS News Release: Here’s what tax pros can do so they aren’t taken on a phishing trip

This week, the IRS sent out a press release stating, "Tax professionals should remember to educate everyone who works for them to be on the lookout for phishing emails. Sending scam emails is still the most common tactic used by cybercriminals to steal sensitive data.

More than 90 percent of all data thefts start with a phishing email. Cybercriminals use phishing emails and malware to gain control of computer systems or to steal usernames and passwords. It’s important tax pros and every single one of their employees know how to spot these scams. Tax professionals and others in the business world are only as safe as their least educated employee."

Keylogging was included in the tactics used to steal data. According to the release, "An attachment may contain malicious software called keylogging. This software secretly infects a computer and provides the thief with the ability to see every keystroke. Thieves can then steal passwords to various accounts. The thief can even take remote control of computers, enabling them to steal taxpayer data."

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