Arrests over HMRC tax fraud cyber attack

By   ISBuzz Team
Writer , Information Security Buzz | Aug 30, 2013 03:35 am PST

The organisation says that the group obtained personal data illegally and set up fake Self Assessment accounts to attempt to receive false tax rebates.

HMRC’s assistant director of the criminal investigation Andrew Sackey said: “HMRC’s online systems proved extremely resilient to these attacks – they correctly identified and prevented the vast majority of false repayment attempts from the outset.”

“These arrests clearly demonstrate that we can, and will, apprehend those suspected of attempting to cheat UK taxpayers by defrauding HMRC, with international assistance if necessary.”

One man has been remanded in custody and charged with cheating the revenue, while the remaining four have been released on bail, pending further inquiries.