Cyber-thieves hack the taxman

One major firm of accountants admitted that 12 of its clients have recently been targeted.
Anna Mikhailova
CRIMINALS are stealing money by hacking into people’s online tax returns on the website of HM Revenue & Customs and hijacking their self-assessment records, The Sunday Times can reveal.
The revenue department has admitted that it is possible for fraudsters to infiltrate its tax return system. In the past year alone HMRC said it had fended off about 17,000 attempts to make fraudulent or incorrect tax repayment claims worth nearly £100m.
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