The US government’s tax collection office, the Inland Revenue Service, has uncovered a cyber attack which affected thousands of US citizens. Hackers were able to manipulate computer systems to file several thousand applications for tax return pin codes. The Agency stated that the criminals had apparently used individual social security numbers which were harvested from other sources.
The IRS remain in an increased state of alert after this breach of their security and those individuals affected will receive an official notification from the Agency and their accounts caution marked to provide an added layer of protection. This comes at the same time as a cyber attacks on the Department of Homeland Security, in which data on several thousand employees of the department was leaked.
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