Information of more than 100K taxpayers breached


ASSOCIATED PRESS: Personal tax information stolen from the IRS’ website.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS: Personal tax information stolen from the IRS’ website.

The information was stolen from an online system called “Get Transcript,” where taxpayers can get tax returns and other tax filings from previous years. In order to access the information, the thieves cleared a security screen that required knowledge about the taxpayer, including Social Security number, date of birth, tax filing status and street address, the IRS said Tuesday.

“We’re confident that these are not amateurs,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. “These actually are organized crime syndicates that not only we, but everybody in the financial industry, are dealing with.”

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