The IRS just gave us another reason to worry after announcing their online service was hacked by criminals who were able to steal the information of more than 100,000 taxpayers. They confirmed the hack was part of a identify theft scheme being used to claim fraudulent tax returns.
The attacks took place from February through May of this year and the system has since been shut down. The IRS says the main tax filing system was not affected, which brings peace of mind to Jaime Garcia Dias. However, millions of people are still highly concerned about the recent breach and are demanding more information about the cyber attack.
As of right now, the IRS reports that $50 million in fraudulent tax returns have been issued and are currently implementing technology in order to prevent further identity theft. They have added software to help them pick out suspicious tax returns and will seek to prosecute the criminals responsible for the attack.