Identity thieves nabbed 100,000 tax filings from the IRS

Identity thieves used social security numbers and other data to access the tax filings of more than 100,000 Americans this year, the IRS has admitted. In a statement, IRS commissioner John Koskinen said the “Get Transcript” feature, which which allows people to access tax returns and other filings from previous years, was targeted by “extremely sophisticated criminals” who were then able to obtain an estimated $50 million in fraudulently claimed tax refunds.

Security researcher Michael Krebs wrote about the problem back in March, but the IRS said it was was only alerted to the thefts when technicians noted a higher-than-usual number of people using the Get Transcript feature from February to mid-May. Koskinen said that of 23 million…

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Author: Rich McCormick

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