Traditional e-mail based scams are also in the mix this year, one in particular that uses the legitimate app TeamViewer to take over victims’ systems.
This tax season crooks are targeting users with a new crop of scams that include leveraging remote desktop software and compromising small tax-prep company websites.
“If you have the word ‘tax’ in your domain name; you’re a target this year,” warns Sherrod DeGrippo, senior director of threat research and detection at Proofpoint in a report released Wednesday.
The attacks are emerging alongside the traditional e-mail based attacks that try to trick users into installing malware that can steal credentials or take control of systems. One of the new target tax scams leverage the legitimate TeamViewer remote-control app to do its dirty work, he wrote. Other email-based attacks this year leverage more traditional malware like The Trick banking trojan.
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