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Experts: IRS Attacks Reveal Criminal Data Gathering at a Scale Never Seen

from The Street via The Dallas Morning News

There is good news hidden in the recent reports of an Internal Revenue Service hack — the IRS did not suffer a breach, and only 100,000 taxpayers appear to have been victimized — but then there may also be the worst news ever to come out of a cyber crime, putting us all in the crosshairs. The IRS has not talked specifically about what criminals used the stolen tax returns for in rooting though government computers from February through mid-May, but many security experts suspect they filed fake returns in the victim's name, probably seeking a refund of many thousands of dollars. more

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