IRS: Cyber hackers got info on roughly 700K taxpayers, double earlier estimate

( - The IRS acknowledged Friday that cyber hackers have stolen Social Security numbers and other information from more than 700,000 taxpayers -- roughly double the number the agency previous estimated.

The cyber thieves hacked into the agency’s “Get Transcripts” system in which taxpayers get returns and other previous-year filings.

The breach, believed to have been carried out in Russia by a criminal operation, was discovered in May 2015, and the increase was reported first by The Wall Street Journal.

The IRS originally said information was taken from about 113,000 taxpayers.


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