The IRS is now reporting that 724,000 taxpayer accounts were accessed in the breach in May 2015. The organisation first reported that 114,000 taxpayer accounts were accessed, then three months later, that number grew to as many as 334,000 which has almost doubled again. Tim Erlin, director of security and product management at Tripwire have the following comments on it.

[su_note note_color=”#ffffcc” text_color=”#00000″]Tim Erlin, Director of Security and Product Management at Tripwire :

“It’s not surprising to see the number of records increase as a breach investigation continues. It’s rare that anyone can identify the full scope of a breach when it’s first detected.

The recommendations for victims don’t change as the number of those affected goes up.

A larger number of records escalates the cost for the affected organization, in this case the IRS, and by extension the taxpayers. While there is lots of data on the cost of a breach for commercial organizations, there’s less on how government agencies might be affected.”[/su_note]

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