Over 100,000 Tax Returns Breached
According to the Internal Revenue Service, hackers gained access to a secure system called “Get Transcript” and stole personal information such as social security numbers, dates of birth, and addresses, along with complete tax returns from over 100,000 individuals.
The data breach is being investigated by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration as well as the IRS Criminal Investigation unit. In the meantime, the “Get Transcript” application has been shut down temporarily.
The IRS will provide free credit monitoring services for the approximately 100,000 taxpayers whose accounts were accessed.
If you’re one of the 100,000 individuals whose personal-confidential information was accessed, the IRS will be notifying you of this by mail and giving you access to free credit monitoring.
You can read more about identity theft here, and the 4 critical steps to recovering your credit.
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