IRS hacked, Hackers dive and collect information of 100000 taxpayers

Hackers used an internet service delivered by the American government’s tax collecting company to get access to the data of 100K taxpayers, said by the Internal Revenue Service at Tuesday.

As per Internal Revenue Service statement the private information of more than 100,000 taxpayers was hacked. The data consist of many years’ worth of tax and returns data on file with IRS, said by the John Koskinen (Commissioner) in a news conference. The attackers hacked into a framework named “Get Transcript,” which is used to clear the secure screen that needs consumer to know the SSN of taxpayer, address, tax filing status and DOB (Date of Birth).

Those who effectively copied the transcripts gained entrance into data from previous years’ tax returns that could be utilized to file fake tax returns which is quite similar to legal taxpayers, said by the officials. John Koskinen pointed to the system, that has provisionally been turn off, was under attack from Feb to May.

Koskinen said, “To get these, our criminals already had to have personal identifiers available and personal information for each taxpayer.”

On the other hand IRS said in a report, “The IRS notes this issue does not involve its main computer system that handles tax filing submission; that system remains secure. In all, about 200,000 attempts were made from questionable email domains, with more than 100,000 of those attempts successfully clearing authentication hurdles. During this filing season, taxpayers successfully and safely downloaded a total of approximately 23 million transcripts.”

Now, such incidents were expected to happen – and there could have been done some strong measures by the responsible entities already. When you know it’s going rain outside, why you’d not want to take an umbrella with you when you go out?

A good news, Internal Revenue Service says that, if the hackers are looking to target someone they must require to know many particular information, including their street addresses, their tax filing statuses and their Social Security numbers. As per IRS claim that this attack didn’t include its major computer framework that handles tax return submission; so that the main computer remains safe.

Apart from the prospective to pull off a potential tax filing theft plan, it isn’t transparent yet whether any exploitable financial data and credit card numbers was contained in the hack. IRS says its crime investigators is investigating that attach. And it will aware by letter near about 200000 taxpayers who were directed in the attach – the hackers only successfully hacked the “Get Transcript” validation in half of those gears – and will compensate for credit checking for the 100000 recognized targets of the data leak.

John Koskinen IRS Commissioner said at a news release, “We’re confident that these are not amateurs but organized crime syndicates that not only we, but others in the financial industry are dealing with.”

The Internal Revenue Service said it is informing taxpayers in the meantime whose info was retrieved.

Ali Raza Ali is a freelance journalist, having 5 years of experience in web journalism and marketing. He contributes to various online publications. With a Master degree, now he combines his passions for writing about internet security and technology for SecurityGladiators. When he is not working, he loves traveling and playing games.
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