For most Americans, Tax Day is a red-flag deadline on the calendar. For cybercriminals, it’s one day out of a season marked with scams to deceive victims out of money and personal data.
Seasonal threats are common among cybercriminals, who often exploit holidays, news, or global events for attack opportunities, says Limor Kessem, IBM global executive security adviser with its X-Force team. One of the biggest lures is tax season in the United States. “They start in January, and they drag it out until May, even June,” she says. After Tax Day, they can capitalize on people waiting to receive responses on their tax returns, refunds, or payment notifications.
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