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IRS: Tax refund fraudsters already had much of that Equifax stolen data

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 he’s doubtful 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 health care sector and even hacking incidents involving the federal government’s computer systems, including records of the Office of Personnel Management.

Koskinen estimated personal information for more than 100 million tax filers was already stolen by hackers.

“You should assume your name, address and Social Security

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Susan Tompor: IRS: Tax refund fraudsters already had much of that Equifax stolen data

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 last week he’s doubtful 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 health care sector and even hacking incidents involving the federal government’s computer systems, including records of the Office of Personnel Management.

Koskinen estimated personal information for more than 100 million tax filers was already stolen by hackers.

“You should assume your name, address and Social Security number are already in the hands of criminals and act accordingly,” Koskinen said in a press briefing.

Equifax has reported that hackers had access to information,

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Equifax hacking: UK financial conduct authority launches investigation into credit check cyber crime

Britain’s markets watchdog said it has opened an investigation into the hacking of US credit reporting agency Equifax, which affected nearly 700,000 UK citizens.

“The Financial Conduct Authority announces today that it is investigating the circumstances surrounding a cybersecurity incident that led to the loss of UK customer data held by Equifax Ltd on the servers of its US parent,” the watchdog said in a statement on Tuesday.

“This statement is made given the public interest in these matters.”

The announcement follows a letter from Nicky Morgan, chair of the House of Commons’ Treasury Committee to the watchdog, asking if Equifax had violated terms of its license to operate in the country, and whether the regulator had the power to compel the company to provide compensation to UK consumers.

Equifax said it was already working closely with the FCA and other authorities.

“We welcome this opportunity to learn the lessons from

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IRS: Tax refund fraudsters already had much of that Equifax stolen data

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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

Read more at: https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/columnist/tompor/2017/10/23/irs-tax-refund-fraudsters-already-had-much-equifax-stolen-data/790732001/

IRS: Equifax breach includes much data crooks already had stolen

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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

Read more at: https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/columnist/tompor/2017/10/23/irs-tax-refund-fraudsters-already-had-much-equifax-stolen-data/790732001/

IRS: Equifax breach includes much data crooks already had stolen

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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

Read more at: https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/columnist/tompor/2017/10/23/irs-tax-refund-fraudsters-already-had-much-equifax-stolen-data/790732001/

IRS: Tax refund fraudsters already had much of that Equifax stolen … – WBIR

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 sector and even hacking incidents involving the federal government’s computer systems, including records of the Office of Personnel Management. 

Koskinen estimated personal information for more than 100 million tax filers was already stolen by hackers. 

“You should assume

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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 cyber security 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

Read more at: http://www.freep.com/story/money/personal-finance/susan-tompor/2017/10/18/koskinen-tax-scams-insurance-schemes/767460001/

IRS: Equifax breach includes much data crooks already had stolen

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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 cyber security 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

Read more at: http://www.freep.com/story/money/personal-finance/susan-tompor/2017/10/18/koskinen-tax-scams-insurance-schemes/767460001/