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Perhaps you read about the recent data breach of the Internal Revenue Service’s Get Transcript website. And perhaps you mentally filed that information away with a long list of other data breaches that have made headlines over the past couple of years.

The story is always the same; only the names change. Cybercriminals manage to plant some form of malware on a server. That malware then harvests data from the server and ships it off via the Internet to some under-policed part of the world. There it’s typically sold—or as in the case of the Sony breach, it can simply be used to embarrass someone.

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