“On Friday, the IRS added another 390,000 accounts to the pile, for a total of well over 700,000 people.
The IRS will begin mailing affected taxpayers from this most recent batch starting February 29th.
As WIRED originally reported last spring, the hack gave attackers access to entire tax returns, which means people’s social security numbers, address, and incomes were all compromised. The hackers used personal information already in hand to get unauthorized access through an IRS application called “Get Transcript.”
In other words, much of the information had already been acquired, including SSNs and dates of birth. “Get Transcript” has been offline since the first indications of a breach last May.
How Serious Is This?
In terms of the type of information that’s been compromised, it’s no worse than it was last May. That’s still plenty bad, though; if there’s information about yourself you might…
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