IRS Data Theft: 5 Things You Need to Know

From MarketWatch

Criminals who manipulated the Internal Revenue Service’s website in May to steal taxpayer information may have swiped information on as many as 390,000 accounts in a breach nearly double the size the agency originally suspected.

The IRS said in May that identity thieves used data stolen elsewhere, such as Social Security numbers, birth dates and street addresses, in attempts to clear verification questions and access past tax transcripts for more than 225,000 households. On Monday, the agency said a deeper analysis found an additional 220,000 successful attempts and 170,000 failed tries to access information. That makes for a total of about 615,000 hack attempts.

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