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Hackers steal data on 100,000 US taxpayers

At a Tuesday press conference, Koskinen said that the hackers accessed tax returns containing a large amount of personal data

 

A group of hackers stole confidential data on more than 100,000 US taxpayers over the past four months, the commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, John Koskinen, reported.
 
At a Tuesday press conference, Koskinen said that the hackers accessed tax returns containing a large amount of personal data via the IRS "Get Transcript" service between February and May.
 
"Get Transcript" is a way to download several years of tax forms when a taxpayer would like to apply for a mortgage or educational financial aid, for instance.
 
Of the 200,000 attempts by the cybercriminal group to download individuals' tax data between February and May, about half were successful, but - although an investigation is under way - US authorities still do not know who could have carried out the hack attack.
 
The IRS chief said the agency is sure that the hackers were not novices. "We're dealing with criminals with a lot of money and using expensive equipment and hiring a lot of smart people," he said.
 
Koskinen said that the aim of the info-pirates was to use personal data they had already stolen from taxpayers to request fraudulent tax refunds in their names, and about 15,000 such refunds were issued.
 
The IRS will send letters to the 200,000 people potentially affected by the data theft starting this week to inform them of the problem.
 
According to the agency, the hackers already had acquired - possibly through the social networks - private information, including names, addresses, social security numbers and certain other personal details, on citizens whose tax data they then attempted to steal.
 
The IRS has temporarily disabled the "Get Transcript" service. Over the past few months, Americans used it to download 23 million transcripts, the agency said, but - for the moment - those requests will have to be filled by sending out paper copies of past tax returns. 

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Healthy food alert: Chill, sit and 'Pita Pit'

Located in south Delhi's Greater Kailash 1 area, the restaurant is known for it's made to order customized pita sandwiches and salads

 

ll those who fancy being called foodies but fear that too much food would put on those extra kilos on your curvy or macho body, read on.
 
Located in south Delhi's Greater Kailash 1 area, the restaurant is known for it's made to order customized pita sandwiches and salads.
 
The Pita Pit Lounge, with its interiors, menu, a selection of books to read and free Wi-Fi, offers customers a place to take a breather from their hectic schedules. The ambiance is chic and despite its modern look, the traditional touch to the interiors, with a few plants, also keep it rooted in tradition.
 

"Considering the canvas here is much larger, we have sampled with innovative materials and classical themes to give the place a lounge-cum-cafe effect," Anun Dhawan, director of Mentor Hospitality Pvt. Ltd., the master franchise Holders of Pita Pit in north and east India, told IANS.
 
"The fresh thinking reflects in the design as much as it does in the food Pita Pit serves," he added.
 
You can choose from an extensive range of fresh vegetables, grilled meats, premium spreads and cheeses, along with zesty sauces - all rolled into a pita, a soft, slightly leavened flatbread baked from wheat flour.
 
Pita is used in many Mediterranean, Balkan and Middle Eastern cuisines and resembles other slightly leavened flatbreads such as the Iranian nan-e-barbari, South Asian flatbreads and Central Asian naan.
 
While the eatery has a range of delicious offerings for non-vegetarians - smoked chicken breast, chicken ham and chicken sheekh kabab, to name just a few - it doesn't disappoint the vegetarians either. On offer is chipotle potato (baked potato with chipotal spicing), khasta kebab (peas and green chilly kebab) and fresh paneer (diced and grilled), among others.
 
But what makes this place different from others is the use of fresh fruits and vegetables in the stuffing of the sandwiches. All the sandwiches that I had were perfectly balanced with chicken (for non-vegetarians), paneer (for vegetarians), fruits and green leafy vegetables and the sauces.
 
To add to this were some delicious salads, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian. Pita Pit also allows you to customise your salads with the sauces and vegetables of your choice.
 
But "all's well that ends well" means that no Indian meal is complete without a dessert. And believe me, you won't be disappointed here on that front too. The restaurant offers mouth-watering choco pudding, lemon cake and chocolate cake, to name just three.
 
You can definitely try the hot-baked lemon cake which, the outlet says, is a hot-seller.
 
The Lounge also features pita toasties and new desserts on the menu. It also has a host of freshly-squeezed juices, organic green teas and coffees on offer.
 
One can try watermelon juice as it will chill you down and refresh you in just a sip. The lounge has become a favourite hangout joint for both youngsters and office goers.
 
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* Location: Greater Kailash 1, N Block Market
 
* Cost for two: Rs.500

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208 trains cancelled since May 21 due to Gujjar agitation

Railways authorities said the track bears the major traffic between south and north zones of the Indian Railways

 

At least 208 trains have been cancelled and another 109 diverted on alternative routes on the Kota-Mathura track until Wednesday due to Gujjar community's agitation in Rajasthan.
 
Railways authorities said the track bears the major traffic between south and north zones of the Indian Railways.
 
Train cancellations and diversions have led to an unprecedented level of cancellations of reservations, revised reservation requests and enquiries, said the authorities. 
 
"It may be noted that since the agitation started (on May 21), more than 1.9 lakh cancellations are being done daily against 1.1 lakh cancellations being done normally by IRCTC website (railway booking website)," they said in a statement.
 
The IRCTC website reported malfunctioning due to the sudden surge of traffic. The number of hits between 10-11 a.m. which are normally in the range of 10 million had went up to 22.3 million since the beginning of the agitation and touched the peak at 30 million on May 22.
 
"IRCTC website is not geared for such abnormal increase of traffic and hence the reported problems," the statement said.
 

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COMMENTS

Narendra Doshi

2 years ago

Where are the Railway Minister Mr. Prabhu's long term & short term solutions publicity on this. I myself was a victim for N Delhi-Mumbai Rajdhani and paid exorbiently through my nose for an Business class air ticket at astronomical TEN TIMES an average ticket cost.

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