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464,000 stolen Social Security numbers used in automated attack on IRS

464,000 stolen Social Security numbers used in automated attack on IRS
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You may not love the Internal Revenue Service. Especially this time of year, as you're about to hand over more of your hard-earned money to the IRS, the government agency is hard to love.

Yet, you also have to admire the IRS's emphatic efforts to warn taxpayers and tax preparers about cybercrime. It's very real, so you need to protect yourself.

With 120 million people expected to file their taxes electronically this year, cybercriminals are salivating. They're also already attacking.

That includes a massive attack last month on the IRS's website, IRS.gov. Using 464,000 Social Security numbers that had been stolen elsewhere, cybercriminals tried to create E-File PINs.

But there's more, much more.

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