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Identity thieves used thousands of stolen SSNs to generate IRS e-filing pins

Reading Time: < 1 minute  |  Published: February 25, 2016 in Industry News

Attackers using malware and stolen personal information managed to generate 101,000 e-filing PIN numbers, according to the IRS. Affected taxpayers will be notified by mail, and their accounts will be monitored.

The attack, which happened last month, was carried out by attackers who already had access to the Social Security Numbers (SSNs) of 464,000 people, according to the IRS. An automated system, detected by the IRS, managed to generate 101,000 e-filing PIN numbers before the scheme was shut down.

 

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