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IRS Retires e-Filing PIN System After More Cyber-Attacks

Reading Time: < 1 minute  |  Published: June 28, 2016 in Industry News

The US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced it is retiring the e-Filing PIN system following a new wave of cyber-attacks after crooks previously abused the same system last February.

In a statement on the IRS website, the agency says it was planning to eliminate the e-File PIN system later this year, but it decided to expedite its decision after they detected another set of cyber-attacks against its online tool.

Hackers abused the tool last February

Last February, the IRS announced it detected an automated bot attack during which unknown crooks tried to illicitly generate e-Filing PINs for over 464,000 Americans. The IRS admitted that crooks got access to 101,000 e-Filing PINs.

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