When I open my e-mail inbox, it reminds me of taking a stroll through a market in an eastern country, through the throngs of pickpockets.
In the past month I have received spam from many different places all pretending to be from the, Internal Revenue Service, the Better Business Bureau, the FBI and the United States post office, and even the AICPA – the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, a group I’m not currently a member of.
The subject heading was entitled, “Termination of your Accountant Status” and the actual email told me that my status as a CPA was in the process of being terminated because I allegedly took part in a tax return that was fraudulent. There was a link in the email called “complaint”, but being suspicious I decided to do some research, and although the AICPA logo was correct, and the address and phone numbers, I was still suspicious.
I did not take the threat seriously due to the fact that I do not have an accounting degree plus with the other threats I had not sent anything through the post office or become a member of the Better Business Bureau, so I was not overly concerned about the warnings received from these people.
I assume these emails are about as trustworthy as the ones that come from so called Nigerian diplomats. However as I am receiving these kinds of emails at the rate of a dozen per day, I guess some people will find themselves fooled by them at some point and their identities stolen.
There is a war seemingly happening right now in computer circles, between the forces of good and evil, as hacking has risen to epidemic proportions.
In recent times both the House and the Senate have held meetings regarding cyber security and the meetings were filled with warnings about how vulnerable some parts of the United States infrastructure was to hacking, in particular the power grid.
The meetings also made a mention of a report from last December that Chinese Hackers had managed to breach the U. S. Chamber of Commerce’s security systems, allowing them to gain access to the information on its 3 million members. We are living in a world where personal identity and information are hot commodities and there is only going to be an increase in the amount of attacks in the future.