IRS under fire from hackers

IRS under fire from hackers
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The Internal Revenue Service canceled its embattled electronic PIN authentication service last week after hackers once again tried to steal user credentials. 

The PINs made sure attackers cannot file fraudulent returns.

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In a press release, the agency said it was able to stop the attack before it affected more than “a small number of e-File PINs.” 

This attack only affected users who had not already filed their taxes.

“We were able to identify this issue because of additional defenses put in place earlier this year, and backend protections remain in place,” said the IRS.

In February, the IRS announced that hackers had used stolen social security numbers and a password-guessing attack to steal 100,000 taxpayer logins. The IRS subsequently beefed up security, but it recently noticed an uptick in similar attacks.

Filers can use information from the prior year’s tax returns in place of the PIN.