IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday that the Internal Revenue Service’s computers “withstand more than 1 million malicious attempts to access them each day.”

“We work continuously to protect our main computer systems from cyber attacks and to safeguard taxpayer information stored in our databases. These systems withstand more than 1 million malicious attempts to access them each day,” Koskinen said in his opening statement.

“They are gathering, as the chairman noted, almost unimaginable amounts of personal data from sources outside the IRS so they can do a better job of impersonating taxpayers, evading our return-processing filters and obtaining fraudulent refunds,” Koskinen added.

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