IRS Says Thieves Stole Tax Info From 100,000

The IRS said Tuesday that sophisticated criminals used an online service run by the IRS to access personal tax information from more than 100,000 taxpayers. The hack was part of an elaborate scheme to steal identities and claim fraudulent tax refunds. The thieves accessed a system called "Get Transcript," where taxpayers can get tax returns and other 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. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said, "We're confident that these are not amateurs." He explained that the thieves are part of organized crime syndicates that the IRS and everyone else in the financial industry are dealing with.
Koskinen wouldn't say whether investigators believe the criminals are based overseas — or where they got enough personal information about the taxpayers to access their returns.