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Michael Cooney

Michael Cooney

Online News Editor

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Recent articles by Michael Cooney

IRS plays-up identity theft, fraud fight

April 10, 2014

While tax return fraud seems to have hit epidemic proportions, the Internal Revenue Service today said it has started more than 200 new investigations this filing season into identity theft and refund fraud schemes.

How to respond to a data breach

April 02, 2014

Data breaches seem to be happening at an absurdly rapid rate these days with reported incidents involving the theft of personally identifiable information hitting 25,566 in 2013 up from 10,481 in 2009.

IRS: Bitcoin is property not money

March 25, 2014

The IRS today tried to clear up some of the ongoing row about how bitcoin and other virtual currencies would be treated come tax time.

FTC: Identity theft is the plague of the country

February 27, 2014

The Federal Trade Commission today issued its annual look at what consumers in the United States are complaining about the most.

IRS warns on 'Dirty Dozen' tax scams for 2014

February 20, 2014

Everybody wants your money – the IRS too, but at least they will take it legally. The IRS however doesn't want your money taken by scamsters who use tax season to celebrate Christmastime for dirtbags.

FBI/FTC warn: Online love swindles flourish around Valentine's Day

February 12, 2014

Online dating and romance sites are obviously popular and because of that, regardless of the millions of admonitions to watch out for con artists, they are also a growing favorite of heartless scammers.

Feds grab 163 web sites, snatch $21.6 million in NFL counterfeit gear strike

January 30, 2014

As they have for the past few years the US Customs department teamed with the National Football League to cut into the lucrative counterfeit sports gear market.

Full text of President Obama's intelligence directive

January 17, 2014

President Barack Obama today issued new directions for the government's intelligence to follow. Among the items released today were an official Presidential Directive and a Fact Sheet on the details of the new policy.

Apple will pay out $32.5M to settle FTC iTunes complaints

January 15, 2014

Apple today agreed to pay $32.5 million to settle complaints the Federal Trade Commission said the company billed consumers for millions of dollars of charges incurred by children in kids' mobile apps without their parents' consent.

White House wants 5,000 veterans in wireless tech jobs by 2015

November 20, 2013

The White House today said it strengthened the nonprofit program aimed at getting veterans and returning service members jobs in the hot wireless telecommunications arena.