Posted 05/27/2015 at 9:29 AM
Posted 2 years ago
The IRS is dealing with the discovery of an online crisis that has left the data of some citizens who used an online service of theirs subject to seizure by hackers.
In a statement made earlier on Tuesday, the federal agency said that hackers obtained information on 100,000 people who used one of their online services.
The service, a system called ‘Get Transcript’, is used by those visiting the site to provide pertinent information with their tax returns like Social Security numbers and street addresses for example.
It was found that the cyber-thieves breached the system in a period spanning from February to the middle of this month.
The IRS did say that the main tax filing submission system was unaffected by the theft.
They described the method of attack, going on to say: “In all, about 200,000 attempts were made from questionable email domains, with more than 100,000 of those attempts successfully clearing authentication hurdles.”
The agency is currently reaching out to those taxpayers whose information is part of the security breach.