Doug Bedell — April 16, 2018, 1:13 pm

Brian Krebs: A Tax Season Security Warning


It’s not only whether you’re comfortable with your own digital security defenses. Mention your concern about digital security to your tax preparer and anyone else who gives you close-up financial advice and has access to your financial records. These “helper” pros need to be digitally secure too. What do they say about that?

Brian Krebs, a former Washington Post reporter who is now a security expert, raises these “collateral danger” questions in a blog post, “When Identity Thieves Hack Your Accountant.”

“Last month, KrebsOnSecurity was alerted by security expert Alex Holden of Hold Security about a malware gang that appears to have focused on CPAs. The crooks in this case were using a Web-based keylogger that recorded every keystroke typed on the target’s machine, and periodically uploaded screenshots of whatever was being displayed on the victim’s computer screen at the time….”

Read on to your possibly enduring benefit.

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