Approximately 90% of taxpayers file their federal income tax returns electronically.  Electronic filing is easy and generally secure.  However, it has just been discovered that an electronic e-filing software service authorized by the IRS was hacked and malicious malware inserted into the site.  Someone using eFile would see a legitimate appearing browser update notice indicating that you needed to click on a download button to update your browser in order to access the site.  If you clicked on the button you would download malware that could full access to your computer.

The full extent of the hack is yet to be determined, but it is a matter of great concern.  e-File has a great deal of personal information of its users including their Social Security numbers.


If you used, saw the notice and clicked on the button to download the malware you should do an anti-virus scan using your security software to see if your computer was infected.

You should also change your e-File password and make sure that you have a unique password for each of your  other online accounts so that if your e-File password was compromised, all of your accounts will not be in danger.

If you have not already done so, set up dual factor authentication for each of you accounts where it is available. This will protect you from having those accounts stolen by someone who may have access to your password.

Freezing your credit is also something everyone should do.  It is free and easy to do.  In addition, it protects you from someone using your identity to obtain loans or make large purchases even if they have your Social Security number.  If you have not already done so, put a credit freeze on your credit reports at all of the major credit reporting agencies.  Here are links to each of them with instructions about how to get a credit freeze:
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