Online Filing, Tax Software, and Keylogger Vulnerability
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Overview: Spyware - software that installs without the users knowledge that may capture keystrokes, personal information, and marketing data and then report the information to a third party - is far more likely to intercept information that could steal the identity than viruses. While viruses and other malware caught by anti-virus software are usually intended to replicate and ""take over"" computers for use by the virus writer, spyware and keystroke loggers operate silently in the background, reporting the information to a third party. Tax preparation software and electronic filings are high-profile targets for spyware and keylogger developers.