IRS Warns Tax Professionals of New e-Services Email Scam

The Internal Revenue Service today issued an urgent alert to tax professionals who use IRS e-services to beware of an email asking them to update their accounts and directing them to a fake website.

The subject line for the fraudulent email is “Security Awareness for Tax Professionals.” The “From” line is “Your e-Services Team.” It has both an IRS logo and an e-services logo that hyperlinks to a URL verified as a phishing site. The spoofing site poses as an e-services registration page.

Tax professionals should always go directly to IRS.gov to access e-services, never click on any links provided in emails. Tax professionals who receive a suspicious email should send it as an attachment to Phishing@irs.gov and then delete it. Recipients should not click on any links.

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Court of Appeals Declines to Reinstate Ex-Attorney Joel Brandes | New York Law Journal

The state’s highest court will not intervene to restore the law license of Joel Brandes, an ex-attorney found to have engaged in the unauthorized practice of law in defiance of a disbarment order.

In a brief, unsigned ruling Tuesday, the Court of Appeals said that just as the Appellate Division, Second Department, disbarred Brandes in 2002, his reinstatement is primarily at the discretion of the appellate court.

“Because ‘the Appellate Division is the fact finder on issues of character and fitness and its discretion is inclusive,’ our standard of review is limited to whether the Second Department abused its discretion,” the court said, quoting Matter of Anonymous, 79 NY2d 782 (1991), “Here, because there was record support for the court’s decision, there was no abuse of discretion in denying the reinstatement application.”

Chief Judge Janet DiFiore and Judges Eugene Pigott Jr., Sheila Abdus-Salaam, Eugene Fahey and Michael Garcia joined in the ruling in Matter of Brandes, 162. Judges Jenny Rivera and Leslie Stein did not take part.

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Fantasy sports websites reach $12M settlement with NY state | TheHill

Daily fantasy sports websites DraftKings and FanDuel are agreeing to pay $6 million each to settle allegations from New York’s attorney general over false advertising.

“Today’s settlements make it clear that no company has a right to deceive New Yorkers for its own profit,” New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a statement Tuesday, announcing the settlement.

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A New Era of Internet Attacks Powered by Everyday Devices – The New York Times

By DAVID E. SANGER and NICOLE PERLROTHOCT. 22, 2016

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The attack on the infrastructure of the internet, which made it all but impossible at times to check Twitter feeds or headlines, was a remarkable reminder about how billions of ordinary web-connected devices — many of them highly insecure — can be turned to vicious purposes. And the threats will continue long after Election Day for a nation that increasingly keeps its data in the cloud and has oftentimes kept its head in the sand.

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But hundreds of thousands, and maybe millions, of those security cameras and other devices have been infected with a fairly simple program that guessed at their factory-set passwords — often “admin” or “12345” or even, yes, “password” — and, once inside, turned them into an army of simple robots. Each one was commanded, at a coordinated time, to bombard a small company in Manchester, N.H., called Dyn DNS with messages that overloaded its circuits.

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Vermont Wind Project Needs Support, So Company Offers to Pay Voters – The New York Times

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Opponents were outraged at the payments, perceiving them as an attempt to buy votes, and complained to state officials.

But Michael O. Duane, senior assistant attorney general, said the payments did not violate state law. The proposal “doesn’t say that the funds go only to those people who signed a sworn statement that they had voted for it,” he said.

Still, the payment proposal has left a sour taste. As The Rutland Herald put it in an editorial on Sunday, “The naked offer of money to individual citizens may be even more corrosive to the civic life of the town than the potential environmental effects of the wind turbines.”

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Sexual Minorities Uganda v. Scott Lively | Center for Constitutional Rights

SMUG v. Lively is a federal lawsuit in which CCR represents Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), a non-profit LGBTI advocacy organization in Uganda. SMUG is suing Scott Lively, a U.S.-based anti-gay extremist, for his role in the persecution of LGBTI people in Uganda, in particular his active participation in the conspiracy to strip away their fundamental rights. The case is part of CCR’s cutting edge international human rights work and groundbreaking efforts to protect and expand rights under the area of law related to the Alien Tort Statute (ATS) and continues CCR’s historic early work defending LGBTI rights.

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Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore suspended for defiance over same-sex marriage – The Washington Post

By Mark Berman 

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Alabama’s top judge was suspended from the bench without pay for the remainder of his term, the state’s Court of the Judiciary said Friday.

This is the second time Roy S. Moore, chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, has been effectively pulled from office, following his ouster in 2003 over his refusal to obey judicial rulings ordering him to remove a Ten Commandments statue from the Alabama Judicial Building.

A complaint was filed by the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission charging Moore with violating judicial ethics in issuing an order in January stating that probate judges in the state “have a ministerial duty not to issue” marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

In a 50-page judgment Friday, two days after Moore appeared for a hearing in the case, Alabama’s Court of the Judiciary found him guilty of failing to comply with the law, uphold the integrity of the court and “perform the duties of his office impartially.”

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