Update Feb 29, 2016: On February 26, the Internal Revenue Service released a statement disclosing the findings of their nine-month long investigation into the compromise of their “Get Transcript” web feature.
The investigation revealed that cybercriminals accessed historical tax return documents, which included a plethora of personally identifiable information, from 720,000 individuals. Continue reading
On Tuesday, the Internal Revenue Service disclosed that more than 100,000 individuals had their historical tax returns exposed from February to mid-May.
The data breach occurred when thieves accessed previously filed tax returns using the IRS’ system “Get Transcript,” which was available on their website. “Get Transcript” provides taxpayers with their historical returns, which are typically required when applying for loans or college aid. Continue reading