On February 9, 2016, The Internal Revenue Service released a statement describing an attack they discovered upon its Electronic Filing PIN application on IRS.gov. In the statement released the IRS said, “Using personal data stolen elsewhere outside the IRS, identity thieves used malware in an attempt to generate E-file PINs for stolen social security numbers.” Taxpayers may apply for an E-file PIN to electronically file a tax return. Although the attack was discovered, the IRS did mention in their statement that no personal taxpayer data was compromised or disclosed by the IRS systems and the IRS cybersecurity experts are currently assessing the situation. For the full statement, click here
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