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IRS Outage Due to Cyberattack

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 1:31pm
Mike Brown, International Business Times

A House lawmaker publicly suggested Thursday that the previous day's IRS systems failure could have been caused by a cyberattack.

"My initial gut reaction is that it may be a hack. You just don’t have systems collapse and people can’t use the systems online,” said House oversight committee chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, on Fox Business Network. “It’s not like they run out of batteries or something. It really does smell like a hack."

If true, it wouldn't be the first time the IRS has been hacked. In August 2015, the agency revealed that over 300,000 accounts had been breached in May of that year, with attackers attempting to gain entry to nearly 300,000 more.

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Source: International Business Times

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