Keep Your Friends Close and Your W-2s Closer, Beware of Tax Identity Theft

If Melissa McCarthy was behind every identity theft, it might not be so terrifying. Unfortunately, that is likely not the case (although, it has not been confirmed).

melissa-mccarthyIdentity thieves are getting more sophisticated by the day. They used to steal your credit card number to buy a video game and grab a slice at the food court, but now they’re stealing identities to file tax returns and collect refunds.

The IRS has certainly improved its defense against phony refund requests—last year, as of March 5, 2016, the IRS identified 42,148 fraudulent tax returns involving identity theft, and identified 20,224 prisoner tax returns for screening, with $227 million claimed in fraudulent funds.[1] But these are simply the cases the agency is aware of, and there are likely many more. The IRS continues to expand its efforts to detect tax refund fraud.

Read more about fraudulent tax returns over on the Avalon blog…

 

December 18 – Cyber Security: When Hackers Strike Your Business, Will You Be Prepared?

Due to the “Snowvember” storm we had in Buffalo, the Cyber Security CLE event has been rescheduled to Thursday, December 18, 2014.  Same great programming will be provided!

 

SUNY Buffalo Law School & the Law Alumni Association’s GOLD Group presents a CLE* program.

When: Thursday, December 18, 2014 – 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. (registration begins at 7:30 a.m.)
Where: The Buffalo Club, 388 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo NY (free parking)

 

Cyber Security: When Hackers Strike You Business, Will You Be Prepared?

 

 

Presentation Costs
-FREE to paid 2014-2015 LAA Members at the $60 level
-$15 for GOLD Group Members
-$20 for all other
-Cost includes lecture, handouts, and breakfast

 

RSVP:  Call the Law Alumni Office at (716) 645-2107 or register at: www.law.buffalo.edu/AlumniEvents

Questions? Contact Pat Warrington at (716) 645-7885

 

*Earn 1.0 CLE credit in the area of skills – these credits qualify as transitional or non-transitional credits.

 

Internet Security with Computer Forensic Expert

Recently DIGITS LLC‘s Director of Computer Forensics and Investigations was featured on WIVB, Buffalo’s Channel 4 News, about the topic of Internet viruses.  Kyle Cavalieri is an expert in Cyber Security and offered his opinion about these Internet viruses that could put anyone connected into the web in a bad situation. Check out the video below for more information on how to stay secure from this ‘ransomware’ Internet virus.

Learning about Internet threats with WIVB

This WIVB story, reported by Jordan Williams, started with a local man that was victim to a cyber attack that appeared to take control of his personal laptop.   A FBI Buffalo representative and DIGITS LLC’s Director of Computer Forensics and Investigations both provided feedback from the “ransomware” attack.  It is very important to make sure that you are aware of these type of cyber attacks.  Both representatives reinforced that it is important to call to shut down your computer right away and call a security expert, like DIGITS LLC, if you fall victim from a computer virus similar to described here.

Check out this report WIVB, interviewing computer and security experts about this ransomware virus.

SCCE Web Conference: Data Breaches- No Stranger to Small Firms

Michael McCartneyMichael McCartney, President/CEO of DIGITS LLC, will be presenting a SCCE Web Conference on the topic of: Data Breaches – No Stranger to Small Firms.

DIGITS LLC was founded in 2006 to fill the need in the legal and corporate communities for highly skilled digital forensics, proactive cyber security services, corporate computer investigations, cyber security incident response and advisory services, eDiscovery and litigation support services, and other investigation services.

SCCE Web Conference:

Data Breaches- No Stranger to Small Firms
February 19 , 2014
12pm CST | 1pm EST | 11am MT | 10am PST | 9AM AKST | 8AM HAST
Main Points Covered:
  • Be able to evaluate how secure your office network is
  • Identify gaps in your office’s data and network security.
  • Understand risk and liabilities to insecure network infrastructure
 
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Vulnerability Assessment in Response to Cyber Attacks

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DIGITS LLC offers a complete suite of vulnerability assessment services that enable companies to identify critical security threats.

DIGITS LLC’s President and CEO, Michael McCartney, explains that “Congressman Chris Collins, Chairman of the Small Business Subcommittee on Health and Technology, outlined statistics that show that nearly 60 percent of small businesses will close within months after a cyber-attack. A recent report shows nearly 20 percent of all cyber-attacks are targeting small firms with less than 250 employees.”

In response to this alarming trend, DIGITS LLC released a complete suite of vulnerability assessment services that assist companies to identify critical security threats that may expose their data to an unauthorized third party.

McCartney continues to explain “Many companies are poorly equipped to take on the task of identifying their infrastructure pain-points and therefore, find themselves at a high risk for cyber-attacks and data breach.”

DIGITS LLC’s experts leverage their decades of information technology, computer security and investigative experience to assist their clients in identifying security vulnerabilities and help them develop a road map for remediating those threats.  DIGITS LLC provides a 3rd party security assessment and validation that follows a proven methodology and leverages industry best practices.  These types of assessments also reduce unauthorized access, data exfiltration and data manipulation as well as assist companies to comply with regulations such as PCI DSS, HIPAA / HITECH and NIST.

Examples of the services provided include: External Network Perimeter Vulnerability Assessment, Internal Network Vulnerability Assessment, Active Directory Reviews, WLAN Assessments, VoIP Assessments, OS Patch Management Assessment, Device Configuration Management Review, and Source Code Review of Company Developed Applications.

Additional information about DIGITS LLC’s Vulnerability Assessment Services can be found at http://www.digitsllc.com/vulnerability-assessment.

Digital Forensic Articles

DIGITS LLC was founded in 2006 to fill the need in the legal and corporate communities for highly skilled digital forensics, proactive cyber security services, corporate computer investigations, cyber security incident response and advisory services, eDiscovery and litigation support services, and general digital forensic consulting needs.

In conjunction to our services, the principles of DIGITS LLC have authored many articles about the digital forensic industry.  Click the link below to read articles in which DIGITS LLC has been published in various media sources.

DIGITS LLC Articles in the News

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DIGITS to Speak at Homeland Security Management Institute Cyber Conference

We are excited to have Michael McCartney, President/CEO of DIGITS LLC, presenting at the HSMI Cyber Conference on Wednesday, July 31, 2013! The conference will be held at the Public Safety Training Facility, 1190 Scottsville Road, Rochester, New York 14624 in room 117.  Find the conference agenda below.  For any questions, please contact:

Sheila Manns: 585.753.3921, email: smanns@monroecc.edu
Glenn Greibus: (Day of Conference): Cell 585.721.7071, email: ggreibus@monroecc.edu

Homeland Security Management Institute

AGENDA
8:15 – 9:00
Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 – 9:15
Welcome……………..……………………….……………………………………….John J. Perrone Jr.
Director
Homeland Security Management Institute
Opening Remarks……………..……………….…………………………………………….Todd Oldham
Vice President
Economic Dev. & Innovative Workforce Svc.
9:15 – 10:15
…………….…………….………………………………………………………………….…Edward Suk
Executive Director
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
10:15– 10:30
Break
10:30 – 11:15
…………….…………….………………………………………………………………….…Edward Suk
Executive Director
National Center for Missing &Exploited Children
11:15 – 12:15
…………….…………….……………………………………………………………Michael McCartney
President/CEO
DIGITS LLC
12:15 – 1:30
Lunch
1:30– 2:45
……………………………………………………………………………………………SA Kevin Parker
FBI Buffalo Division/Rochester RA
2:45 – 3:00
Break
3:00 – 4:00
………………………………………………………………………………………………..Ryan Peck
Assured Information Security
4:00
Closing Remarks John J. Perrone Jr.
Director, Homeland Security Management Institute

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Mobile Forensics & Data Breach Repercussions

Buffalo Law Journal

DIGITS LLC, Digital Forensics Investigators, were featured twice this this weeks publication of the Buffalo Law Journal and Buffalo Business First.  Articles featured include:

DIGITS LLC fills the need in the legal and corporate communities for highly skilled digital forensics, proactive cyber security services, corporate computer investigations, cyber security incident response and advisory services, eDiscovery and litigation support services, and general digital forensic consulting needs.

Click the links below to read each of these articles from the source:

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HILBERT APPOINTS FOUR NEW BOARD MEMBERS

HAMBURG, N.Y. – James Domres, John Fago, Frederick Giese, and Jason Luna have been named to three-year terms on the Hilbert College Board of Trustees.

James Domres is a Senior Vice President/COO at DIGITS LLC, a western New York-based digital forensics and cyber security firm, which he co-founded in 2006. During his 34-year law enforcement career, Domres held a wide range of investigative and supervisory assignments culminating as the Assistant Chief Investigator for the New York State Attorney General. He was a highly decorated member of law enforcement with his efforts being recognized in the United States Congressional Record. He was a leader and member of several State and Federal Task Forces, including the Joint Terrorism Task Force. He co-founded the Drug Interdiction Response Task Force to interrupt the narcotics pipeline from New York City to upstate New York. He co-founded the Western New York Regional Computer Forensic Lab and sat on its Executive Board for almost 10 years. He was also an adjunct at Hilbert teaching Computer Investigations, Computer Security and Computer Forensics. Domres earned his bachelor’s degree from Canisius College. He is also a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Management Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership.

John Fago is currently the Senior Director for Channel Marketing and Account Management at Ingram Micro North America. Under his leadership, the Channel team manages the overall Marketing efforts for SMB, Public Sector, and Healthcare including its associated partner communities (VentureTech Network, SMBAlliance, System ArchiTECHs, and Public Sector Elite). Prior to taking on his current role, Fago was Director of Sales responsible for developing Ingram Micro’s strategy and sales operations for our solution provider market in the Midwest region.  A 16-year veteran of Ingram Micro, he has consistently worked with the sales team to drive profitable growth. Fago has been honored with the Ingram Micro Award of Excellence, the VTN Partnership Award, President’s Club, and he is a graduate of the first Executive Leadership Academy with UC Irvine.   He earned his bachelor’s degree from Canisius College.

Frederick Giese is General Manager of North American Lubricants Division at Noco Energy Corp.  Giese is a member of the National Lubricant Distributors Advisory Council (NLDAC), the Imperial Oil Corporation Board and the Branded Distributors Advisory Council.  He is also a member of the Greater Niagara Frontier Boy Scout Council, the Canisius College Alumni Organization, the Allegheny College Alumni Organization, and treasurer of the Board of Governors of Park Country Club.  Giese earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and history from Allegheny College and his master of business administration from Canisius College.

Jason Luna is an alumnus of Hilbert College and an attorney. He founded Jason C. Luna, PLLC, a personal injury firm, in 2005.  His firm represents clients from western New York to Manhattan and has achieved numerous multi-million dollar awards.  Luna previously served as an Assistant District Attorney at the age of 25.   Luna is an adjunct at Hilbert and has established the Jason C. Luna Endowment Scholarship.  He was named Hibert’s Man of the Year in 1996.  He is a member of the Graycliff Development Board, which is responsible for preserving the only Frank Lloyd Wright estate on Buffalo’s waterfront.  Luna earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Hilbert in 1996.  He is a graduate of SUNY Buffalo Law School.

www.hilbert.edu

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