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FAFSA Breach Affected 100,000 Taxpayers

Tax Fraud via FAFSA

The Internal Revenue Service (I.R.S.) has announced that as many as 100,000 taxpayers may have been compromised through a breach of a tool related to the FAFSA (Financial Aid) process. Attackers were able to leverage a convenience built into the application process which would auto-fill the students’ and parents’ tax information from I.R.S. databases. The goal of the tool was to make it easier for families to complete the lengthy application. However it was taken offline after I.R.S. officials noticed higher-than-average rates of incomplete applications.

A common scam involves filing false tax returns in order to steal the refund checks. The FAFSA breach appears to have been used to carry out this kind of attack. The I.R.S is in the process of notifying 100,000 taxpayers of the potential identity fraud and has issued refunds to fewer than 8,000 returns which are believed to have been fraudulent.
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Adidas Futurecraft 4D

Adidas has announced plans to partner with 3D printing company Carbon to mass produce a new shoe line. The “Futurecraft 4D” will have a 3D printed sole, using Carbon’s process called “Digital Light Synthesis”. Adidas and Carbon plan to use this technique to make more than 100,000 pairs by the end of 2018.

Our partnership with Adidas will serve as an ongoing testament to how the digital revolution has reached the global manufacturing sector, changing the way physical goods are designed, engineered, made, and delivered.
Dr. Joseph Desimone, Carbon Co-Founder and CEO Read More

The End of an Era

March 2017 marked the first month where more web traffic came from devices running Android than Windows. According to analytics firm StatCounter, Android devices represented 37.93% of the worldwide web market share and Windows devices made up 37.91%. It is a tiny advantage, but it symbolizes a new era for the web.

It marks the end of Microsoft’s leadership worldwide of the OS market which it has held since the 1980s. It also represents a major breakthrough for Android which held just 2.4% of global internet usage share only five years ago.
Aodhan Cullen, CEO of StatCounter

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Over the years I have helped friends, family, and colleagues deal with Facebook security issues. Figuring out what went wrong, and preventing the same thing from happening in the future, can be a frustrating experience. If ever you believe your account has been compromised, then here is a guide to recovery.

During the process of account recovery, you need to try to ask the question: “How was my account hijacked in the first place?”. The most common answers are:

  1. Poor password security
  2. Lack of Two Factor Authentication
  3. Malware

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