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Gotham Security Daily Threat Alerts

by on May 29, 2015

May 26, Securityweek – (International) New Linux-based router worm used in social network scheme. Security researchers at ESET discovered a new piece of malware, known as Moose, that primarily spreads by compromising unsecure Linux-based consumer routers and can eavesdrop on communications. Compromised devices steal unencrypted network traffic, mostly from social network sites, and act as a proxy service for botnet operators. Source

May 26, Associated Press– (National) IRS says thieves stole tax info from 100,000. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) reported May 26 that criminals accessed personal tax information from more than 100,000 tax payers through an IRS-run online system called “Get Transcript”, where taxpayers get returns and other filings from previous years, as part of a scheme to steal identities and claim fraudulent tax refunds from February – May 2015. The service has been temporarily shut down and officials are determining how many fraudulent tax refunds were claimed this year using information from the stolen transcripts with an estimate of less than $50 million. Source

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