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Tax preparation company TaxSlayer reports data breach

About 8,800 customers may have been affected.
By Ed Adamczyk Follow @adamczyk_ed Contact the Author   |   Feb. 5, 2016 at 11:48 AM

EVANS, Ga., Feb. 5 (UPI) -- The makers of individual tax preparation software TaxSlayer reported hackers accessed some accounts of its customers.

In an official filing to California's Department of Justice, TaxSlayer LLC, based in Evans, Ga., said names, identification numbers and other 2014 tax information of some of its customers may have been exposed.

The breach may have affected about 8,800 customers, who were notified Jan. 29, said Daniel Eubanks, the company's compliance director.

"User credentials, stolen from other sources, were ... used to misrepresent our customers and therefore access our program," the company said in a letter to customers.

In January, competitor TaxAct reported information on 450 customers was stolen, and suspicious activity was observed in about 9,000 accounts. During the 2015 tax filing season, Intuit, makers of TurboTax, suspended services temporarily when it noticed a rise in stolen personal information being used to claim refunds.

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