In May, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) – the US government agency tasked with collecting taxes – suffered a data breach in which attackers got away with the personal information of an estimated 100,000 taxpayers.

Fast-forward a few months and scratch that number.

In fact, the number of taxpayers’ accounts that might have had personal data siphoned off by attackers is more than triple the original estimate, the IRS said on Monday.

The updated numbers: an additional 220,000 taxpayers can anticipate receiving letters from the IRS in the next few days, plus another 170,000 other households whose personally identifiable information (PII) may be at risk even though the IRS says the identity thieves failed to access its system.

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