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Daily Dashboard | US government cybersecurity provider hit with W-2 spear phishing attack Related reading: Notes from the IAPP Publications Editor, March 16, 2018


The CEO of Defense Point Security George McKenzie sent out an email to employees after their W-2 tax data was compromised in a spear phishing attack, KrebsOnSecurity reports. The company, billing itself as “the choice provider of cyber security services to the federal government,” said the attack affected both current and former employees. The W-2 data included names, Social Security numbers, addresses, compensation and tax withholding amounts. McKenzie’s email did not state when the attack took place, the number of employees affected, or to whom the information was sent. Accenture, which recently acquired Defense Point Security, issued a statement saying it is providing support to all impacted employees. Editor's note: Michael Bruemmer, CIPP/US, writes about why W-2 fraud is a trend privacy professionals cannot ignore in a piece for The Privacy Advisor.
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