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February 7, 2015 - TurboTax back to full speed after fraud concerns Software maker Intuit had shut down the filing of state income tax returns via TurboTax due to worries over "suspicious" filings. The company says the issue doesn't involve any breach of its systems, and filings have resumed. FMFCU offers discounted TurboTax via its partnership with Invest In America. If any further reports or communications are received, we will post it here. For additional information, read the CNET report.

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Vulnerabilities

'Bigger than Heartbleed': Bash bug could leave IT systems in shellshock - 9/24/14
Just months after Heartbleed made waves across the Internet, a new security flaw known as the Bash bug is threatening to compromise everything from major servers to connected cameras. Read the article.
Most mobile apps will fail standard security tests - 09/15/2014
The market researcher says this poses a serious problem for businesses, where bring-your-own-device options are commonplace. Read the article>>
Researchers find data leaks in Instagram, Grindr, OoVoo and more. 09/08/2014
Private messaging isn't so private, say University of New Haven researchers who found Android apps transmitting and storing unencrypted images, chats, screenshots and even passwords. Read the article>>.
App security flaw makes your iPhone call without asking - 8/25/14
Iphone users beware of maliciously coded links in apps that will auto-dial a toll number. Read the article >>
Trojan targets Linux desktop users, steals web banking info - 8/9/13
A rare instance of a Linux desktop trojan, Hand of Thief, has surfaced in the wild. Read the article >>
Android malware that gives hackers remote control is on rise - 7/17/13
Tool lets hackers “bind” remote access tool to legitimate apps. Read the article >>
INFORMATION ABOUT THE "HEARTBLEED" BUG
Web Targeting

Call forwarding phishing attacks - 6/20/14
Be on the lookout for Call Forwarding phishing attacks. How it works: the fraudster calls a person and asks him/her to activate their credit card. Then they ask you to call a phone number to activate the card. The phone number contains *72 which activates call forwarding, giving them control of the person's phone number allowing international calls, etc. For more information, read this article from Dell SecureWorks for detailed information on this scam. NEVER give out your personal information to anyone calling you and when it doubt, hang up and call them using official corporate phone numbers.
Avoid tech support phone scams - 10/31/13
Cybercriminals don't just send fraudulent email messages and set up fake websites. They might also call you on the telephone and claim to be from Microsoft. Read what you need to know and how to protect yourself. Read what you need to know and how to protect yourself.
Phishing scam targets taxpayers who use tax software - 3/2/12
The growing popularity of tax preparation software has led to a rise in e-mail scams targeted at do-it-yourself taxpayers. Read the article.
General Fraud Info

The Rise in State Tax Refund Fraud - 02/18/2015
Crooks have massively shifted their focus to conducting refund fraud at the state level. Read more>
Don’t let tax scammers get away with it - 01/14/2015
Tax season is getting close — and for some people, so is an experience with tax identity theft or IRS imposters. Read more>
Home Depot confirms suspected customer data breach - 09/08/2014
Anyone who shopped at a Home Depot store with a payment card since April may be exposed to the hack, the home improvement retailer says.
The credit card data breaches of 2014 - 09/08/2014
Recent photo gallery containing some of the top credit card and check card breaches of 2014 regarding top retailers.
Data breaches, credit freezes, and identity theft… oh my! - 09/10/2014
News reports of large-scale data breaches — like this week’s announcement from Home Depot — have prompted questions about a credit freeze tool lets you limit access to your credit report. Read more from the FTC.
IRS Warns of Tax Refund Scam - 01/20/2014
It's that time of year again for tax refund scams communicated via email, phone, or in person. Here is a sample pdf of fraudulent email from a fake IRS account asking for a credit card to get your refund. Please delete these emails!
DEA Warns Public of Extortion Scam by DEA Special Agent Impersonators - 01/13/2014
The Drug Enforcement Administration is warning the public about criminals posing as DEA special agents or other law enforcement personnel as part of an international extortion scheme. Read the alert.
TIS THE SEASON…TO WATCH FOR FRAUD - 12/17/2013
Regardless if the offer is through the mail, phone, or Internet, they all have one objective ─ to separate you from your money! Get some tips.
New Treasury Public Service Announcement Warns Americans About Phone Scams - 01/15/2013
Phone scams are on the rise. Check out the U.S. Department of the Treasury's article on this subject. Read the article.
You Have the Power to Stop Identity Theft
Consumer guidance on how to stop electronic identity theft. Read more >>
5 Tips for Protecting Your Checking Account
A nice brief article from the Federal Reserve Board. Read the article >>
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