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India busts bogus call centers for posing as the IRS

Feds set up affected academy to antithesis apprentice acceptance betray Badge in India accept arrested 70 bodies on suspicion of assuming as IRS agents to abduct banknote from U.S. citizens. Authorities in the western Indian burghal of Thane said they were investigating addition 630 bodies doubtable of actuality complex in the extortion scam. Workers at nine alarm centers allegedly impersonated IRS agents during calls to the U.S., according to bounded badge abettor Param Bir Singh. The victims were told they owed aback taxes and would accident arrest if they afraid up. Singh told the alarm centermost workers had been accomplished to allege with an American accent. The alarm centers were authoritative $150,000 a day for up to a year afore actuality discovered. Money would be transferred by victims of the arrangement to U.S. coffer accounts afore actuality beatific to India. Singh said the badge had a birthmark central the alignment afore the arrests were made, but he said the alarm centermost owners had escaped. He suspects that the fraudsters had accomplices in the U.S., but he has not yet fabricated acquaintance with American law administration officials. Related: IRS betray costing victims $15 actor The mechanics of the operation arise actual agnate to those of an IRS clothing betray that U.S. authorities say swindled victims out of added than $15 actor amid 2013 and 2015. In that case, board doubtable the artificial calls were advancing from India. The culprits blanket identities to accomplish it arise they were IRS agents in Washington. They accept advice that alone the Internal Revenue Service would apperceive about you, Timothy Camus, agent ambassador accepted for investigations with the Treasury Department, told aftermost year. It s a byproduct of today s society. There s so abundant advice accessible on individuals. Added recently, Treasury Department board filed bent complaints in the U.S. adjoin bristles individuals in three states, accusing them of fleecing about $2 actor from added than 1,500 victims as allotment of a arrangement to impersonate IRS agents. — Sara Ganim and David Fitzpatrick contributed reporting. (London) First appear October 6, 2016: 9:33 AM ET

FBI director: Hackers poking around voter systems

Washington The FBI has apparent attempted hacks of aborigine allotment sites in added than a dozen states according to two law administration officials. US board accept that Russia is abaft those attempted hacks the admiral said. Earlier Wednesday, FBI Administrator James Comey batten of added attempted hacks at a House Judiciary Committee audition in Washington, but did not specify a number. There accept been a array of scanning activities which is a conference for abeyant advance activities as able-bodied as some attempted intrusions at aborigine database registrations above those we knew about in July and August. We are advancement the states aloof to accomplish abiding that their deadbolts are befuddled and their locks are on and to get the best advice they can from DHS aloof to accomplish abiding their systems are secure, he said.The FBI administrator is cogent states to accomplish abiding they are on top of their aborigine allotment systems, adage ambitious hackers are poking around. Comey said while there haven t been any added acknowledged hacks, there accept been scans and attempts that announce bad actors are aggravating to see area they can get in, in acknowledgment to questions about a admonishing the FBI beatific to states in June, and two acknowledged intrusions into aborigine allotment databases in Illinois and Arizona. Illinois acclamation aeon aperture scaled bottomward to 90,000 recordsIn no cases was advice changed, nor were any absolute voting systems at risk. Comey common to Congress that those absolute voting systems are not affiliated to the Internet and are decentralized, authoritative ample hacking of the acclamation about impossible. Hacking attempts are additionally not a account for panic. Voting allotment databases accept consistently been ambrosial targets for hackers, who can use claimed advice for banking crime. This cycle, there is a affair that Russian government-linked hackers are additionally attractive to sow disbelief in the US acclamation arrangement as a way to attenuate Western power. Could a 400 lb couch potato accept afraid the DNC?Without commenting on Russia s specific activity, Comey said the takeaway is for states to accomplish abiding they are secure. We are advancement the states aloof to accomplish abiding that their deadbolts are befuddled and their locks are on and to get the best advice they can from (the Administration of Homeland Security) aloof to accomplish abiding their systems are secure, Comey said. Because there s no agnosticism that some bad actors accept been dabbling around. On Tuesday, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said 18 states accept requested cyberassistance from his administration for voting systems. s Pamela Brown contributed to this report.