IRS freezes its fraud prevention contract with Equifax

From Engadget - October 13, 2017

IRS commissioned Equifax to verify the identities of taxpayers signing up for a Secure Access account, which gives people access to online tax records and transcripts, on its website. Sign ups for Secure Access accounts have been suspended as a result, but anybody who already has one will not be affected.

The government agency did not elaborate why it suspended the contract, but it could have something to do with the faux Adobe Flash installer a security analyst found on Equifax's website. After investigating the incident, Equifax admitted to Engadget that a downloader serving up malware lived in its website but stressed that it was not hacked yet again.


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