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As filing deadlines draw closer, the IRS and taxpayers continue to be a vulnerable target of several cyber-attacks. The tactics range from phone calls attempting to verify personal information, to fake emails, to network attacks. In a recent attack, hackers used previously obtained social security numbers to generate E-File Personal Identification Numbers (PINs). E-File PINS are obtained through the IRS and used by some taxpayers to file a tax return electronically.

The IRS was able to identify and stop the attack, but not before thieves accessed over 100,000 E-File PINS. Though the PINs were stolen, the IRS said no personal taxpayer information was disclosed. Affected taxpayers' accounts were marked to protect against identity theft, and individuals were notified by mail that their information was used in the attempted theft.