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A Hacking Group Is Already Exploiting the Office Equation Editor Bug

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A week after details about a severe Microsoft Office vulnerability came to light, at least one criminal group is now using it to infect users.

The group is not your regular spam botnet, but a top cyber-criminal operation known to security researchers as Cobalt, a hacking outfit that has targeted banks, ATM networks, and financial institutions for the past two years.

CVE-2017-11882 used by Cobalt hacking group

According to Reversing Labs, a UK-based cyber-security firm, the Cobalt group is now spreading RTF documents to high-value targets that are laced with exploits that take advantage of CVE-2017-11882.

This is a vulnerability in the Office Equation Editor component that allows an attacker to execute code on victims’ computers without user interaction.

You don’t need a grizzled veteran of the infosec community to tell you that a vulnerability with such results would be incredibly valuable for any cyber-criminal

Read more at: https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/a-hacking-group-is-already-exploiting-the-office-equation-editor-bug/

IRS: Tax refund fraudsters already had much of that Equifax stolen data

So among other cybersecurity worries, now we’re all wondering how the stolen Equifax data — which includes Social Security numbers — might drive up tax refund fraud.

But IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said he’s doubtful the Equifax breach will make a noticeable difference in tax-related ID scams.

That’s because a significant amount of that data was stolen through earlier breaches in recent years at major employers, cyber attacks on the health care sector and even hacking incidents involving the federal government’s computer systems, including records of the Office of Personnel Management.

Koskinen estimated personal information for more than 100 million tax filers was already stolen by hackers.

“You should assume your name, address and Social Security

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Susan Tompor: IRS: Tax refund fraudsters already had much of that Equifax stolen data

So among other cybersecurity worries, now we’re all wondering how the stolen Equifax data — which includes Social Security numbers — might drive up tax refund fraud.

But IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said last week he’s doubtful the Equifax breach will make a noticeable difference in tax-related ID scams. That’s because a significant amount of that data was stolen through earlier breaches in recent years at major employers, cyber attacks on the health care sector and even hacking incidents involving the federal government’s computer systems, including records of the Office of Personnel Management.

Koskinen estimated personal information for more than 100 million tax filers was already stolen by hackers.

“You should assume your name, address and Social Security number are already in the hands of criminals and act accordingly,” Koskinen said in a press briefing.

Equifax has reported that hackers had access to information,

Read more at: http://www.theledger.com/news/20171025/susan-tompor-irs-tax-refund-fraudsters-already-had-much-of-that-equifax-stolen-data

Susan Tompor: IRS: Tax refund fraudsters already had much of that …

So among other cybersecurity worries, now we’re all wondering how the stolen Equifax data — which includes Social Security numbers — might drive up tax refund fraud.

But IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said last week he’s doubtful the Equifax breach will make a noticeable difference in tax-related ID scams. That’s because a significant amount of that data was stolen through earlier breaches in recent years at major employers, cyber attacks on the health care sector and even hacking incidents involving the federal government’s computer systems, including records of the Office of Personnel Management.

Koskinen estimated personal information for more than 100 million tax filers was already stolen by hackers.

“You should assume your name, address and Social Security number are already in the hands of criminals and act accordingly,” Koskinen said in a press briefing.

Equifax has reported that hackers had access to information,

Read more at: http://www.theledger.com/news/20171025/susan-tompor-irs-tax-refund-fraudsters-already-had-much-of-that-equifax-stolen-data

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While IRS reports progress on cracking down on tax-related ID fraud, consumers and businesses warned to watch out for con artists who want more of your data.
Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press

So among other cybersecurity worries, now we’re all wondering how the stolen Equifax data — which includes Social Security numbers — might drive up tax refund fraud. 

But IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said Tuesday that he’s doubtful that the Equifax breach will make a noticeable difference in tax-related ID scams. That’s because a significant amount of that data was stolen through earlier breaches in recent years at major employers, cyber attacks on the healthcare

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IRS: Equifax breach includes much data crooks already had stolen

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While IRS reports progress on cracking down on tax-related ID fraud, consumers and businesses warned to watch out for con artists who want more of your data.
Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press

So among other cybersecurity worries, now we’re all wondering how the stolen Equifax data — which includes Social Security numbers — might drive up tax refund fraud. 

But IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said Tuesday that he’s doubtful that the Equifax breach will make a noticeable difference in tax-related ID scams. That’s because a significant amount of that data was stolen through earlier breaches in recent years at major employers, cyber attacks on the healthcare

Read more at: https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/columnist/tompor/2017/10/23/irs-tax-refund-fraudsters-already-had-much-equifax-stolen-data/790732001/

IRS: Equifax breach includes much data crooks already had stolen

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While IRS reports progress on cracking down on tax-related ID fraud, consumers and businesses warned to watch out for con artists who want more of your data.
Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press

So among other cybersecurity worries, now we’re all wondering how the stolen Equifax data — which includes Social Security numbers — might drive up tax refund fraud. 

But IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said Tuesday that he’s doubtful that the Equifax breach will make a noticeable difference in tax-related ID scams. That’s because a significant amount of that data was stolen through earlier breaches in recent years at major employers, cyber attacks on the healthcare

Read more at: https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/columnist/tompor/2017/10/23/irs-tax-refund-fraudsters-already-had-much-equifax-stolen-data/790732001/

IRS: Tax refund fraudsters already had much of that Equifax stolen … – WBIR

So among other cybersecurity worries, now we’re all wondering how the stolen Equifax data — which includes Social Security numbers — might drive up tax refund fraud. 

But IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said Tuesday that he’s doubtful that the Equifax breach will make a noticeable difference in tax-related ID scams. That’s because a significant amount of that data was stolen through earlier breaches in recent years at major employers, cyber attacks on the healthcare sector and even hacking incidents involving the federal government’s computer systems, including records of the Office of Personnel Management. 

Koskinen estimated personal information for more than 100 million tax filers was already stolen by hackers. 

“You should assume

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IRS: Tax refund fraudsters already had much of that Equifax stolen data

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While IRS reports progress on cracking down on tax-related ID fraud, consumers and businesses warned to watch out for con artists who want more of your data.
Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press

So among other cyber security worries, now we’re all wondering how the stolen Equifax data — which includes Social Security numbers — might drive up tax refund fraud. 

But IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said Tuesday that he’s doubtful that the Equifax breach will make a noticeable difference in tax-related ID scams. That’s because a significant amount of that data was stolen through earlier breaches in recent years at major employers, cyber attacks on the

Read more at: http://www.freep.com/story/money/personal-finance/susan-tompor/2017/10/18/koskinen-tax-scams-insurance-schemes/767460001/

IRS: Equifax breach includes much data crooks already had stolen

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While IRS reports progress on cracking down on tax-related ID fraud, consumers and businesses warned to watch out for con artists who want more of your data.
Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press

So among other cyber security worries, now we’re all wondering how the stolen Equifax data — which includes Social Security numbers — might drive up tax refund fraud. 

But IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said Tuesday that he’s doubtful that the Equifax breach will make a noticeable difference in tax-related ID scams. That’s because a significant amount of that data was stolen through earlier breaches in recent years at major employers, cyber attacks on the

Read more at: http://www.freep.com/story/money/personal-finance/susan-tompor/2017/10/18/koskinen-tax-scams-insurance-schemes/767460001/