The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) said Monday it has temporarily suspended an online tool that allows taxpayers to retrieve their identity protection PINs.
The agency said it suspended the web feature “as part of its ongoing security review.”
Last week, security journalist and researcher Brian Krebs reported about a case in which a woman’s IP PIN had been compromised.
“The IRS is conducting a further review of the application that allows taxpayers to retrieve their IP PINs online and is looking at further strengthening the security features on the tool,” the agency said.
The IRS has already implemented enhanced processes this tax season to review returns with IP PINs. The agency said it has stopped 800 fraudulent tax returns using IP PINs through the end of last month.