The recent Equifax breach affects over 143 million American taxpayers.
As you might imagine, this could wreak havoc for those affected and you may not even know you’ve been affected until you go to file your taxes next year.
The data breach gave hackers access to the Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, driver’s license numbers and credit card numbers of people around the world, and as mentioned above 143 million American taxpayers. Criminals can use all of that date to steal identities, so there are sure to be consequences in the short term and long term. One of those long-term ramifications could be that a criminal will use your personal information to file a bogus tax return in 2018.