Analecta Cyber Company Blog: IRS says 220,000 more people may have been hack victims

2015-09-25

IRS says 220,000 more people may have been hack victims

The Internal Revenue Service may have been the recent target of a cyber attack, causing various types of personal information of taxpayers to be compromised. The IRS has identified about 334,000 Americans that could possibly be affected by the cyber hack, according to news reporter. It was believed to have started in February but was only uncovered last May.



Tax information obtained


The hackers were able to gain access to personal tax information through the agency's online application called Get Transcript. This application also allowed the hackers to look up records of taxpayers’ past returns. Personal information stolen includes names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, salaries, places of employment, address and other important personal information provided on tax forms. With this key information, it makes it easier for anyone to carry out identity theft. The IRS system was immediately shut down after the attack. The agency will provide free credit monitoring services to the taxpayers whose accounts may have been accessed illegally.