Posts Tagged: IRS


Spamvertised IRS ‘Income Tax Refund Turned Down’ themed emails lead to Black Hole Exploit Kit

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Its tax season and cybercriminals are mass mailing tens of thousands of IRS (Internal Revenue Service) themed emails in an attempt  to trick users into thinking that their income tax refund has been “turned down”. Once users click on any of the links found in the malicious emails, they’re automatically exposed to the client-side exploits served by the Black Hole Exploit Kit. More details:

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Bogus IRS ‘Your tax return appeal is declined’ themed emails lead to malware

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In March 2012, we intercepted an IRS themed malicious campaign that was serving client-side exploits to prospective victims in an attempt to drop malware on the affected hosts. This week, we intercepted three consecutive campaigns using the exact same email template used in the March campaign. What has changed? Are the cybercriminals behind these campaigns relying on any new tactics, or are they basically sticking to well proven techniques to infect tens of thousands of socially engineered users? Let’s find out. More details:

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Spamvertised ‘Federal Tax Payment Rejected’ themed emails lead to Black Hole exploit kit

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Remember the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) themed malicious campaign profiled at Webroot’s Threat Blog earlier this month? Over the past 24 hours, the cybercriminals behind the campaign resumed mass mailing of the same IRS email template, exposing millions of users to the threats posed by the social engineering driven campaign. More details:

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IRS themed spam campaign leads to Black Hole exploit kit

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Recently, cybercriminals launched yet another massive spam campaign, this time impersonating the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in an attempt to trick tax payers into clicking on a link pointing to a bogus Microsoft Word Document. Once the user clicks on it, they are redirected to a Black Hole exploit kit landing URL, where they’re exposed to the client-side exploits served by the kit. More details:

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Spamvertised ‘Your tax return appeal is declined’ emails serving client-side exploits and malware

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Cybercriminals are currently spamvertising with IRS (Internal Revenue Service) themed emails, enticing end and corporate users into downloading and viewing a malicious .htm attachment. More details:

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Tips to Avoid Tax Season Scams

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By Jeff Horne, Director, Threat Research As tax season rolls around again in the US and UK, it seems like a good time to revisit the perils taxpayers face seemingly every year at around this time. Phishing attacks against taxpayers are already in full swing — not that they haven’t been going continuously since last year. But this is high season for scams involving Web pages that look like the IRS or HMRC’s own Web site. Scam messages typically contain dire warnings or outrageously large promises for a refund. The messages often are presented as if they originate from a […]

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8 Tips for Filing Taxes Online Safely

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By Mike Kronenberg Getting ready to file your taxes online — and doing it at the last minute? Well, cyber-scammers are ready for you. Thieves are schemers, and they’ve got a bag full of tricks to steal your identity. You might even be doing things to make their job easier. And if you use a PC at work to do your return,  identity theft could be as simple as a crook (or an unscrupulous coworker) digging around and finding sensitive files. One might send you an e-mail that offers a quick refund — or a warning about a problem with […]

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IRS Tax “Warning” Fraud Crosses the Pond, Targets the UK

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For several months, we’ve been seeing spam and phishing Web sites which purport to be IRS notifications of delinquent non-payment of income taxes. Who can blame the fraudsters — almost no three letter agency of the US government inspires more dread and fear than good old Internal Revenue. In the UK, the counterpart to the IRS is called Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (or HMRC), even though it is the British government, and not the Queen’s Coldstream Guards, who dutifully stick a fork in the populace to pay up. The income tax filing deadline in the UK (for people who […]

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