IRS admits breach may have compromised over 300K taxpayer accounts

IRS admits breach may have compromised over 300K taxpayer accounts
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen

The Internal Revenue Service admitted Monday that an additional 220,000 taxpayer accounts were potentially compromised by a computer database breach that occurred earlier this year, bringing the total of those affected to almost three times its original estimate.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the government agency said a review turned up 220,000 additional U.S. households “where there were instances of possible or potential access” to prior year tax returns and 170,000 instances of “suspected attempts that failed to clear the authentication processes.”

The IRS originally claimed that 114,000 taxpayer accounts were compromised in the breach in addition to 111,000 unsuccessful attempts.

The announcement Monday indicates that the number of those that had information stolen now stands at 334,000, nearly three times the IRS’ original estimate of 114,000.

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