The United States Internal Revenue Services have been battling a huge hacking scandal for nearly a year now. In the month of May last year, the Internal Revenue Services discovered that their security system shad been compromised along with the account details and personal information of over 100,000 people. Even though the hack was treated as a grave threat while it occurred, it wasn’t apparently investigated thoroughly as there were constantly additional accounts being compromised at the expense of the taxpayer. Huge amounts of data have been hacked and continue to be hacked daily for the past nine months.
Mountain of a molehill
The hackers had accessed many taxpayers personal information and was able to successfully swindle them out of elaborately planned schemes in the past year. There has been a constant fear regarding the hack looming in the Internal Revenue Services, however, last week, the situation nearly went into panic mode. It has recently been discovered earlier this week that over 700,000 accounts have been compromised, nearly seven times the threat than what was first assumed to be the case. The Internal Revenue Services may not have the means to thoroughly investigate the matter considering the hack was carried out online.
Authorities have begun a thorough investigation and may even consider including the professional federal authorities in the crime branch. Some experts state that the Internal Revenue Services may consider soliciting the services of the Federal Bureau of investigation or even the clandestine secret service or Central Intelligence Agency in trying to apprehend the perpetrators of the crime. Many experts suggest that the hack was carried out by a limited number of cyber criminals, but the information was not merely disseminated, but was sold on the dark net to people willing to buy personal information in order to scam people out of money.
Several recorded cases
There have been many recorded cases of people in nearly all states including, North Carolina, Texas, Florida and Virginia who have received threatening phone calls from fake IRS agents demanding a payment of a particular sum of money in order to get them to pay up. Typically, phone calls are made from untraceable numbers to people who could be behind their tax payments. These are the people that are targeted and are asked to deposit money in certain untraceable accounts as well. The IRS has put out several public notices asking the public to be aware of such scamsters.