08 August 2007

Don't Snicker, It Could Happen to Anyone ;)

IRS employees get phished - and fall for it….
Privacy and Identity Theft
A blog by Dave Jevans

By now you’ve been adequately warned against IRS phishing scams circulating the Internet. The APWG and other groups have warned consumers about fake emails pretending to be from the IRS, for example saying that you have an online refund pending.

Now we have news that the Treasury Department’s Inspector General for the Tax Administration launched a test to see how well IRS employees themselves manage their own passwords.

Instead of email, they simply called 102 IRS employees and asked them for their password. 61 complied with the request.

IRS phishing scams and fraud scams are real. The IRS doing the scamming is not so common.

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What Words Offend Arabs? The Truth.

Children's Poetry Booklet Recalled After Arabs Complain
(Israeli censorship kowtows to Arabs.
When Will We Tell The Truth Without Fear)

(IsraelNN.com 7 Sivan 5768/June 10, '08) Ynet's web site and Arab complaints against a ten-year-old boy's poem about terrorists has resulted in the recall of all of the Nes Ziona municipality's children's poetry booklets.

Ynet boasts that its coverage of the poem resulted in its being recalled.

The text of the poem (Ynet's translation):

Ahmed's bunker has surprises galore: Grenades, rifles are hung on the wall. Ahmed is planning another bombing!What a bunker Ahmed has, who causes daily harm.Ahmed knows how to make a bomb. Ahmed is Ahmed, that's who he is, so don't forget to be careful of him.We get blasted while they have a blast!Ahmed and his friends could be wealthy and sunny, if only they wouldn't buy rockets with all their money.

Poetry competition director Marika Berkowitz, who published the booklet, was surprised at the protests and told Ynet: "This is the boy's creation and this is what he wanted to express. Of course there should be a limit, but I think the there is no racism here. 'Ahmed' is a general term for the enemy. These are the murmurings of an innocent child."

The Education Ministry told Ynet: "The local authority that published the booklet should have guided the students in a more correct manner through the schools. The district will investigate the issue with the local authorities."
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