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How to stop hackers from stealing your W-2 tax forms

How to stop hackers from stealing your W-2 tax forms

Cybersecurity experts at this week’s RSA security conference are warning people to take steps to prevent hackers from stealing their W-2 forms and other sensitive tax documents. 

The warning follows several incidents in which hackers sent company officials what appeared to be legitimate requests for copies of their workers’ W-2s. 

Such “phishing” attacks are increasing — and can be avoided, said Kevin O’Brien, chief executive of GreatHorn, a Boston-based security company.

In an interview, O’Brien discussed the problem and what to do about it. 

Traditionally, Americans have received their W-2 forms via “snail...

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