IRS: Equifax breach includes much data crooks already had stolen






While IRS reports progress on cracking down on tax-related ID fraud, consumers and businesses warned to watch out for con artists who want more of your data.
Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press

So among other cybersecurity worries, now we’re all wondering how the stolen Equifax data — which includes Social Security numbers — might drive up tax refund fraud. 

But IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said Tuesday that he’s doubtful that the Equifax breach will make a noticeable difference in tax-related ID scams. That’s because a significant amount of that data was stolen through earlier breaches in recent years at major employers, cyber attacks on the healthcare

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