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February 10, 2016

Identity Thieves Breach IRS Computer Systems Seeking Taxpayer Data

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has identified an automated attack on its computer systems that it says is aimed at getting information that could be used to steal tax refunds, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Identity thieves last month used personal taxpayer data stolen elsewhere to generate e-file personal identification numbers to file fraudulent tax returns and claim refunds. Some individuals use E-file PINs to file tax returns. These numbers are different from identity protection numbers (PIN)s that the agency provides victims of tax ID theft to protect them from future problems.

464,000 Social Security Numbers

The agency has identified unauthorized [...]

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