Businessman holding email A BECattack involves attackers sending emails disguised as coming fromhigh-level executives within a company, such as the CEO, to lowerlevel personnel. (Image: Shutterstock)

The most likely cyber attack a company will face willcome in the form of an email. One of the most common forms of emailattack is the business email compromise (BEC), and the mostpopular time of the year for the W-2 version of BEC is right now —tax season.

A BEC attack involves attackers sending emails disguised ascoming from high-level executives within a company, such as theCEO, to lower level personnel. During tax season, the spoof email will often requestthat W-2s for employees be provided by return email.

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