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E-File Pin Program Shut Down in Response to Cyberattacks

from Journal of Accountancy

From June 29: The IRS announced that the electronic filing personal identification number (e-file PIN) tool, used by taxpayers to verify their signature on Form 1040, is "no longer available" after it detected additional attacks on the system. In February, the IRS announced that criminals attacking the system accessed more than 100,000 of the numbers but that they had not stolen any taxpayer information. The IRS says it did not close down the system then because links to the program are embedded in almost all commercial return preparation software; it opted to provide more security defenses instead of disrupting the program. The IRS said it had planned on shutting down the program later this year but acted now when it detected these additional attacks. more


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