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2/25/2019
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TurboTax Hit with Credential Stuffing Attack, Tax Returns Compromised

Officials report an unauthorized party obtained tax return data by using credentials obtained from an outside source.

Update 2/26/2019: This article has been updated to reflect new information regarding the TurboTax incident.

Intuit, a financial software company and creator of services Mint, QuickBooks, and TurboTax, reports the latter has been hit with a credential stuffing attack targeting specific users' tax return information.

The incident was discovered during a system security review, Intuit reported in a breach disclosure letter filed with the Office of the Vermont Attorney General and shared with affected users. Officials explain how an unauthorized party targeted specific TurboTax users by taking usernames and passwords "from a non-Intuit source," which they used in a credential stuffing attack.

If their login was successful, attackers may have accessed data contained in a prior year's tax return or current tax returns in progress. This includes name, Social Security number, address(es), birthdates, driver's license number, and financial data (salary, deductions), as well as information belonging to other individuals included in the victim's tax return, they report.

Upon discovering the problem, Intuit made affected accounts temporarily unavailable to protect data from further unauthorized access. It's offering victims one year of free identity protection, credit monitoring, and identity restoration services via Experian IdentityWorks.

Update: Intuit has issued a statement to emphasize there has been no breach of its systems, and the incident described in the notification letter is related to unauthorized access of specific accounts.

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REISEN1955
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REISEN1955,
User Rank: Ninja
2/25/2019 | 3:10:44 PM
OH nothing to see here, move along
A minor breach of private data - NOT - this is huge. 
RyanSepe
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RyanSepe,
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2/26/2019 | 10:58:26 AM
Tax Dues
Now if only an attacker would be nice enough to pay my tax liability thats just sitting their waiting for me to execute. Then they can compromise my returns all they want. All jesting aside, I know you would be able to gain access to SSN's and other sensitive information. In my experience, as I use TurboTax, they need to do a better job of masking those data sets after entry.
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