IRS: Identity Thieves Accessed More Taxpayer Accounts Than We Thought


(Renee Rendler-Kaplan) (Renee Rendler-Kaplan) Almost three months after the Internal Revenue Service said identity thieves accessed more than 100,000 taxpayer accounts in its databases, the agency says that a review shows more accounts were exposed and there were more attempts to gain access to them than previously reported.

In May, the IRS said a group of criminals (possibly Russian hackers) had nabbed used stolen Social Security numbers and other information gleaned from the agency’s Get Transcript system to try to get unauthorized access to prior-year tax return information for about 225,000 U.S. households. That number included 114,000 attempts that were successful and 111,000 that weren’t.

But today, the IRS said a review showed that yber attackers got their hands on a potential additional 390,000 taxpayer accounts, and there were more than 600,000 breaches attempted, the IRS announced Monday, as reported by the Wall Street Journal.

The agency…

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