Cybercriminals are taking advantage of US taxpayers leaving it to the last minute to file their taxes: they’re using the April 18 deadline as a cover to spread remote-access Trojan malware that can compromise victims’ computers and the data stored on it. Tax season is a prime time for cybercriminals attempting to steal financial information and personal data, especially when potential victims are concerned about money they either owe or are owed. It’s such a major problem that the IRS itself previously issued a warning that phishing scams were targeting US taxpayers. Now security researchers at Zscaler have noticed a surge in Java-based remote access Trojan variants (jRATs) being distributed in emails claiming to be from the IRS.
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ORIGINAL SOURCE: ZDNet