IRS ‘hack’ much broader than previously admitted

Back in May the IRS admitted that they had given away approximately 114,000 U.S. citizen’s tax records to hackers that simply asked for them. Monday the IRS announced that an additional 220,000 accounts had been accessed.

The hackers used an online IRS ‘feature’ called ‘Get Transcript’ that asks for a social security number and answers to several identity verification questions such as ‘mother’s maiden name’ and other easily obtainable answers.

It is believed that hackers obtained the social security numbers and answers from other hacks.

In a statement the IRS said that in the coming days taxpayers whose information was potentially breached will get letters in the mail notifying them that the IRS screwed up (okay, they probably won’t admit they did anything wrong).

They might offer some people access to free credit protection for a year or two (assuming they fill out all the proper forms – forms that haven’t actually been created yet) and some people might be issued Identity Protection PINs (again assuming they fill out all the non-existent forms).

Other than that, the IRS simply does not care whether people’s entire lives are affected or not.

That’s not their job.

Guy Wright

Guy Wright has been covering the technology space since the days when computers had cranks and networks were steam powered. He has been a writer and editor for more years then he cares to admit.


Lenovo’s Powerful Potential Global Market Position

This last week I was with Lenovo going over their server, storage, and networking strategy as they continue their pivot to become one of the last remaining hardware focused vendors in a market more often defined by change than focus these days. One of the things that strikes me as a huge competitive advantage is that unlike most technology companies that are based in either the US or Asia, Lenovo is pretty much evenly balanced between the US and China putting them closer to a future model of being more of a global company than one located in any one country. Let’s explore that this week. The...

Mistakes Businessmen Make When First Promoting Their Startups

Statistics are pretty grim when looking at startups. Most of those launched will fail and the failure percentage is actually a lot higher than many imagine.

Virtual Reality: A Game-Changer for Sports

Virtual reality has the potential to make courtside seats at basketball games affordable for the everyday viewer.