Saturday, 22 August 2015

IRS: Hack Much Wider Than First Thought

From Bank Info Security –

“The Internal Revenue Service says cyber thieves may have accessed as many as 334,000 taxpayer accounts in a breach of its Get Transcript system, far more than the 114,000 accounts it originally estimated in May.

The Get Transcript online service, suspended in May, is aimed at simplifying the process taxpayers use to retrieve their tax records. It enables taxpayers to review their tax account transactions, line-by-line tax return information or wage and income reported to the IRS for a specific tax year. By circumventing Get Transcript's authentication protections, hackers are believed to have gained access to this taxpayer information, including Social Security numbers.”

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