Tallal Ibad

Intelligence Analyst

Tallal Ibad is an intelligence analyst within Optiv’s Global Threat Intelligence Center (gTIC). The Global Threat Intelligence Center is comprised of cyber threat intelligence specialists within Optiv’s managed security services that specialize in providing our clients with proactive intelligence support around current and emerging threats.

 

Tax Season Attacks – Part 4, Dumpster Diving

· By Tallal Ibad, Nicolle Neulist ·

Dumpster diving is the practice of combing through commercial or residential waste to find items that have been discarded by their owners. During tax time, people throw away documents with sensitive and potentially lucrative information left over upon completion of tax filing. These papers can include extra copies of W-2s, drafts of IRS forms and worksheets, and copies of financial records from bank accounts and investments.

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Tax Season Attacks – Part 3, Shoulder Surfing

· By Tallal Ibad, Nicolle Neulist ·

Shoulder surfing certainly is not the most technical form of identity theft, but it has been an effective means to commit fraud. Shoulder surfing is the practice of looking over someone’s shoulder to get information. A casual glance from behind, or a quick look at paperwork on a desk, can be enough for an attacker to obtain passwords, credit card data, PINs, and other personal and financial data. It is low-tech, but it works.

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Tax Season Attacks – Part 2, Phishing

· By Tallal Ibad, Nicolle Neulist ·

Tax season is officially upon us, and with it brings out a host of scams against taxpayers. In this blog series we explore three specific attacks: phishing, shoulder surfing and dumpster diving. Read part one for a high level synopsis of each type of attack. In this post we examine phishing scams featuring attackers trying to impersonate the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

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Tax Season Attacks – Part 1

· By Tallal Ibad, Nicolle Neulist ·

It’s the same routine every year during tax season, employers send out important tax information such as W-2s to their employees, television and radio stations constantly air tax preparation advertisements, and individuals rush to file their tax returns. This brings out a host of scams against taxpayers.

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