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Quick Take: Fifteen Lessons For Security & Risk Pros From The IRS Get Transcript Breach

Cybercriminals Are Using Customer Intelligence To Commit High-Value Fraud

May 28, 2015

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On May 27, the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) disclosed that cybercriminals had gained access to the tax returns of approximately 104,000 individuals. This breach is notable because it demonstrates how cybercriminals couple their business and financial savvy with in-depth knowledge of compromised consumer identities to commit high-value fraud, and to build on that foundation with more elaborate identity theft and fraud. In this report, we provide security and risk (S&R) professionals with a short background on the IRS breach and 15 practical lessons that they can use to better protect their customers and their companies.

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