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Big items to consider: Top lawmakers are concerned that the IRS outage might have been caused by a hacker. 20 million accounts on Alibaba’s site have been exposed to potential attackers. According to a new survey, the riskiest mobile users are actually businessmen. University of Central Florida has been hacked and 63,000 student and employee social security numbers have been leaked.
Oversight chairman: IRS outage ‘may be a hack’ – Publication: The Hill – Reporter name: Cory Bennett
A top House lawmaker on Thursday suggested hackers had caused the Internal Revenue Service’s hardware failure. Late Wednesday night, a number of the IRS’s tax processing systems went down because of technical problems, the agency said. “My initial gut reaction is that may be a hack,” said House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) on Fox Business Network’s “Mornings With Maria.”
“You just don’t have systems collapse and people can’t use the systems online,” he added. “It’s not like they run out of batteries or something. It really does smell like a hack.” The hardware failure rendered several services available, including the IRS’s modernized e-filing system, several taxpayer and practitioner tools and portions of the IRS website.
Hackers attack 20 mln accounts on Alibaba’s Taobao shopping site – Publication: Reuters – Reporter name: Staff
Feb 4 Hackers in China attempted to access over 20 million active accounts on Alibaba Group Holding Ltd’s Taobao e-commerce website using Alibaba’s own cloud computing service, according to a state media report posted on the Internet regulator’s website. Analysts said the report from The Paper led to the price of Alibaba’s U.S.-listed shares falling as much as 3.7 percent in late Wednesday trade. An Alibaba spokesman on Thursday said the company detected the attack in “the first instance”, reminded users to change passwords, and worked closely with the police investigation.
The #1 Riskiest Mobile Users Wear Suits – Publication: Dark Reading – Reporter name: Erick Chickowski
As mobile malware continues to grow into a legitimate threat, some users are proving more prone than others to being subject to attack. According to a new survey out this week, the demographic most likely to routinely engage in risky mobile behavior isn’t youngsters on Snapchat or ‘digitally hooked’ users who consume vast quantities of mobile video and entertainment. Instead, the most risky users are businesspeople.
UCF hack: 63,000 Social Security numbers stolen from students, staff – Publication: Orlando Sentinel – Reporter name: Gabrielle Russon
In an unprecedented data breach at UCF, about 63,000 Social Security numbers and names of former and current students and UCF employees were hacked, officials revealed Thursday. The people whose information has been compromised have not been notified yet. The university will alert them by letters that are expected to be sent Friday, officials said. The school has set up a call-in phone center and a website that went live this morning with details of what happened and what people should do to as a precaution. People who are affected will also receive one year of free credit monitoring and identity-protection services.