UPDATE: We now think we know a little more about this:
- Russian hackers are believed to have been behind it (CNN Story);
- Tax return information of more than 100,000 taxpayers was stolen;
- The information was used to obtain $50 million in fraudulent tax refunds;
- The taxpayers whose information was stolen will be offered free credit monitoring.
So, with this, can we now get a retraction of that incredible statement? “This is not a security breach.”
“Thieves managed to steal information on more than 100,000 taxpayers from the IRS,” Commissioner John Koskinen said Tuesday
“’This is not a security breach. Our basic information is secure,’” Mr. Koskinen insisted.
Well, I am glad to know that stealing consumer data from the computer of an entity to which it was entrusted is not a security breach. Nothing to see here. Move along …