Items tagged with IRS

Given their importance, it'd be easy to believe that an institution such as the IRS would have sufficient security measures in place to protect our data - the tax information of everyone in the United States. As we discovered last week though, that's not at all the case. We learned on Wednesday that at least 100,000 personal tax records were snatched illegally from the IRS, not with the intent of making a statement, but instead to steal identities. It didn't take long before someone got the blame, and that someone, or country, was Russia. In case it hasn't been evident enough lately, Russia really doesn't like the U.S. right now. We learned last month that Russian hackers actually gained some... Read more...
It's now believed that a crime syndicate in Russia is responsible for a security breach resulting in the theft of IRS records containing personally identifiable information for over 100,000 taxpayers. The sole purpose of the theft was to engage in identity theft for the purposes of tax fraud, a scheme that was used to file some $50 million in fraudulent tax returns. Peter Roskam, an Illinois Republican and chairman of a House subcommittee with IRS oversight, told CNN that he heard from IRS Commissioner John Koskinen via telephone that the hack originated from Russia. It's concerning in part because it was recently disclosed that Russian hackers also breached the White House and State Department... Read more...
Show of hands, who actually likes paying taxes? Anyone? It's not one of our favorite tasks either, and to add insult to injury, a band of advanced hackers reportedly infiltrated the Internal Revenue Service's records to collect personally identifiable information from over 100,000 taxpayers. It's believed that the cyber crooks involved weren't looking to send a message, but wanted to steal identities and intercept tax refunds.IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said in a statement that "these are not amateurs" and instead described them as "organized crime syndicates" that have been attacking numerous players in the financial industry, not just the IRS.Image Source: www.seniorliving.orgIn this case,... Read more...
For an agency that’s quite stern about deadlines (reminder, by the way: tax day is on Tuesday), the IRS missed a big one. Perhaps you saw this one coming a mile away, but the IRS has failed to migrate all of its systems from Windows XP to Windows 7. (So we’re officially skipping Vista then, right? Right.) Because Microsoft ceased support for XP a few days ago, that could leave the agency’s systems vulnerable, so the IRS has reportedly asked Microsoft to continue special support until it can finish upgrading all of its machines. ComputerWorld reported that the IRS has has about 110,000 Windows computers, 52,000 of which have been upgraded to Windows 7 so far. The IRS is pulling... Read more...
There's been talk recently over private browsing features in upcoming browsers such as Internet Explorer 8 and Firefox 3.1 (Safari already has this feature).  Privacy, of course, is an important subject for many end users (despite the somewhat pejorative term "porn mode" frequently used for it).  Well, a new browser has been recently released that --- rather than making this feature an afterthought, focuses directly on privacy as the base of its capabilities. Level 9 Technology, Inc. has launched the ArmorSurf Private Browser - a free web browser & downloader that lets users surf in complete privacy while keeping their files secure. In addition to privacy features, the software... Read more...
OCZ Technology Announces the first 15” DIY Notebook SolutionBased on Intel® Centrino® 2 Platform Sunnyvale, Calif.—October 30, 2008—OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, components, and systems, today unveiled their latest 15”Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Gaming Notebook based on the Intel® Centrino™ 2 platform. This next generation laptop offers enthusiasts and gamers and incredible options to perfect their own mobile powerhouse. OCZ continues to expand on their lineup of DIY solutions for users that want to build a notebook that is configured and built for their very own unique application in mind.OCZ’s... Read more...
Hawking Technologies Introduces The First Wireless-300N Range Extender Compatible With All 802.11 b/g/n Access Points And Routers HWREN1: Double the Effective Distance of your Wireless 802.11b/g/n Network and Eliminate Wireless Dead Zones IRVINE, CA – Hawking Technologies, Inc., a leading developer of innovative wired and wireless networking solutions for home, workgroup, and corporate users, announced today that it has begun shipping the Hi-Gain Wireless-300N Range Extender. The new, high performance Wireless-300N Range Extender expands Hawking’s award-winning line of Hi-Gain WiFi Range Extending products, which allow users to effectively increase the distance and performance of their wireless... Read more...
Since RealNetworks announced RealDVD (available today, if you are interested), it was obviously there would probably be some kind of legal action.  After all, the product rips DVDs to your hard drive, though it purports to not just maintain the original DRM but in fact adds another layer of protection. Still, most would probably have expected the lawsuit to come from the other direction.Shortly after releasing the RealDVD product today (about an hour or so!) RealNetworks announced a lawsuit against a host of companies: the DVD Copy Control Association, Inc., Disney Enterprises, Inc., Paramount Pictures Corp., Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc., Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp., NBC Universal,... Read more...
On Thursday Webkit, the open source browser engine that is notably used in both Safari and Chrome, announced that it is the first browser engine to fully pass the Web Standards Project (WaSP) Acid3 test. In late March Webkit announced it had achieved "most" of the Acid3 test, with the only missing issue the fact that part of the Acid3 test is that the animation during the test must be "smooth." That same month, another engine, Presto, achieved the 100/100 rendering below, but it still has not achieved "smooth" animation. As you can see in the results dialog which you receive by clicking on the “A” in Acid3, there is confirmation that Webkit indeed passed the smooth animation condition on a 2.4GHz... Read more...
DELL PREMIERS FIRST INDUSTRY-APPROVED BURN-TO-DVD DOWNLOADSQflix Recording Technology from Sonic Gives New Life to Digital DownloadingFeaturing New Hit and Catalog Releases via CinemaNowQflix Certified Media Plays on Standard DVD PlayersROUND ROCK, Texas, Sept. 15, 2008 – Dell is bringing the big screen to the PC screen, making it easy for users to build a personal digital library of their favorite Hollywood blockbusters.Dell and Sonic Solutions have teamed to make downloading and recording DVD movies easy with the first PC-based Qflix™ drives. Using an intuitive application, Roxio® Venue, movie collectors can search and select from a variety of major Hollywood hits available from... Read more...
Just about a year ago, we posted a link to a trailer for id's upcoming first person shooter / driving game hybrid dubbed Rage. Since then few details regarding the game have been released other than it would be built around a new game engine called id Tech 5 and that Rage would be the first game developed completely in-house since Doom 3. But today, straight from QuakeCon 2008, id has released the first in-game screenshots from Rage...    Acutal In-Game Screenshots from id's upcoming game Rage As you can see, the character models have a gory, yet lifelike look to them and the scenes feature excellent lighting, shadows, and Depth of Field effects. The character models are also highly... Read more...
OCZ Technology Unveils First Fatal1ty Brand DDR2 and DDR3 Memory After Partnership Announcement Get the Gear Used by the Pros Sunnyvale, Calif. -July 21, 2008- OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and PC components, today announced the first memory modules available in their Fatal1ty Series after the partnership was announced last month. These high-performance memory kits were co-developed with the expertise of Johnathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel, 12-time World champion, to meet the specific needs of fellow gamers. OCZ Fatal1ty Professional Series kits are the official memory modules of Championship Gaming Series (CGS), and feature... Read more...
On Tuesday, Toshiba launched the Qosmio G55-802, the first laptop available with the Cell CPU. Yep, think PS3 technology, developed jointly by Toshiba, Sony, and IBM. The laptop has the following features, for $1549.99: Windows Vista Home Premium (SP1, 64-bit) Windows Vista Home Premium (SP1, 32-bit) Tohiba Quad Core HD Processor Intel Core 2 Duo Processor P7350 (2 GHz) NVIDIA® GeForce 9600M GT 4GB PC2-6400 DDR2 800MHz SDRAM 500GB: Two 250GB 5400rpm hard drives DVD-SuperMulti (+/-R double layer) with Labelflash drive Atheros Wireless LAN (802.11b/g/n) Bluetooth V2.1 + EDR 18.4" Screen However, in particular, the Cell CPU is not about gaming, but about a multimedia experience. Taking the... Read more...
According to Apple it sold 1 million iPhone 3Gs in the first weekend of sales.  It also announced 10 million downloads from the App Store, many of which were free.Apple Inc. said Monday it has sold 1 million iPhones in the three days following the release of the latest model on Friday."IPhone 3G had a stunning opening weekend," said Steve Jobs, Apple's chief executive, in a statement Monday.But the launch was plagued by software problems. All the new iPhones had to connect to Apple's servers for activation, which quickly overloaded them. Lines of customers built in stores as employees were unable to get the phones working.Additionally, new software was released for the old iPhone, which... Read more...
Firefox 3 has just barely gotten out the door and Mozilla is already readying the alpha release of the next version, 3.1. Of course, as a point-release, it will be a much less ambitious project than the leap from 2 -> 3. In Firefox 3.1 status meeting notes from 6/24, the ship date is now estimated to be Q4 of this year or Q1 09. First alpha is in July, while first beta is in August. The release date is close to what had previously been stated by Mozilla. They had earlier said, however, that it would be date-driven, and it looks like a little flexibility has been added to that. Earlier Mozilla had also said the features in FF 3.1 would consist of those that had missed FF 3 but were nearly complete.... Read more...
ASUS Announces First-Ever Republic of Gamers Convention--The official ASUS/Intel summer gaming event brings BYOC, BYOL, technologyworkshops and product exhibition into one massive gathering --FREMONT, CA (June 10, 2008) - ASUS®, a worldwide leader in Open Architecture Product and notebook design and manufacturing, today officially unveiled its first-ever gaming event in North America. Named after its successful line of gaming-focused products, the Republic of Gamers, the Republic of Gamers Convention (ROGCon) will bring gaming sizzle to Dallas, Texas this July. The ROGCon is the first joint gaming initiative by ASUS and Intel® in North America.The goal of ROGCon is to bring classic... Read more...
Stealth Computer Ships Industry's First 24" Widescreen Rugged LCD Monitor with Touchscreen InterfaceToronto, Canada ~ May, 2008 - Stealth Computer a division of Stealth.Com Inc., a market leader in the industrial computer and peripherals market has released a new Model: SV-2400Industrial Grade, Panel Mount LCD monitor. The 24" all steel enclosed touch screen LCD Monitor is built to withstand the demanding effects of harsh environments typically encountered in industrial plant floor and Human Machine Interface applications. The NEMA 4/IP56 LCD front-panel withstands water, dust and dirt intrusion and performs well beyond ordinary commercially available monitors. The high precision 24" widescreen... Read more...
The design of the MacBook Air has been called sharp and edgy, but it's likely most users don't want it quite this edgy.  Users at a German Apple forum (apfeltalk) have posted a thread on just how edgy the Air is.Based on the thread (and the hard to understand translation), it seems as though the user managed to cut his elbow with the sharp edge of his MacBook Air (as pictured above).  Of course, that cut could have been made in any number of ways, so perhaps the post is just warming up the Web for a high-priced lawsuit.Meanwhile, another post in the same forum shows another user reportedly cutting bread with his MacBook Air.  This one is a lot more suspicious, as the user could... Read more...
OCZ Technology Announces the World’s First High-Density 2GHz Solution, Offering 4GB of High-Performance Memory for Ultra High-End DesktopsSunnyvale, Calif.—May 5, 2008—OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today premiered the world’s first PC3-16000 4GB (2x2048MB) DDR3 kits to provide even greater performance and productivity on the latest DDR3 platforms. Designed to offer the earliest adopting enthusiasts the advantages of high-density memory coupled with the highest speeds available, the OCZ PC3-16000 4GB kits make use of the unbeatable overclocking capabilities of the latest platforms and takes DDR3 to unimaginable... Read more...
While the rest of the world tries to figure out if this company is legit or not, Psystar keeps chugging along.  And now, they say their first PCs are shipping!So, is it a hoax or not? Mac clone builder Psystar has experienced in just one week all the good and bad today’s Internet has to offer: The possible availability of a cheap Mac clone spread like wildfire through the Internet last week, confusion about its address and payment processor attracted the wrath of the Internet and most of us concluded that, yes, some things are too good to be true and Psystar may have been just a hoax. But, as of today, we know that the company is back online and may have sorted things out: It even claims... Read more...
AMD Reports First Quarter Results SUNNYVALE, Calif. — April 17, 2008 — AMD (NYSE: AMD) today reported first quarter 2008 revenue of $1.505 billion, a net loss of $358 million, or $0.59 per share, and an operating loss of $264 million.  These results include an impact of $50 million, or $0.08 per share, from ATI acquisition-related charges.   First quarter revenue decreased 15 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2007 and increased 22 percent compared to the first quarter of 2007.  In the fourth quarter of 2007, AMD reported revenue of $1.770 billion, a net loss of $1.772 billion, and an operating loss of $1.678 billion.  In the first quarter of 2007, AMD reported... Read more...
Introducing the First 1 Gigabyte HD 3870 Graphics Card CHATSWORTH, CA — April 15, 2008 — Diamond Multimedia (www.diamondmm.com), a leading manufacturer of PC graphics cards, sound cards and communications products, introduced today the 1 gigabyte, overclocked version of the ATI Radeon HD 3870 graphics card.  This card offers maximum speed and power at an incredible value.  Utilizing 55nm technology, this card runs cool and quiet. Diamond was the first AIB for AMD to launch a consumer based 1GB card with the HD 2900 XT. Today, we stand alone to again to be the first AIB to offer the HD 3870 1GB. The performance itself matches against Nvidia new line of 9xxx series, as well against the... Read more...
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