IRS Points Finger At Russia In Recent Tax Record Theft
Peter Roskam, an Illinois Republican and chairman of a House subcommittee with IRS
What's also concerning is that the security of taxpayer data has been an ongoing problem for several years now. Back in October, the IRS's independent watchdog cited this very thing as the agency's top problem, noting that computer security has been an issue for the IRS since 1997. This recent breach serves as another black eye for the IRS. It also has politicians up in arms, Republican Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch announced plans to have his committee question Koskinen on how this happened and who's ultimately at fault.
The investigation into the cyber attack is still ongoing. One thing that's concerning is that the hackers didn't infiltrate the IRS directly. Instead, they obtained certain taxpayer information elsewhere and then used that information to answer security questions on the IRS's website. The IRS became suspicious of foul play when it saw an unusual rise in taxpayers looking up past tax records.