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Tax Workers' IDs Stolen To Access ATO Data

IDENTITY THEFT—AUSTRALIA

February 8, 2013

Criminals have stolen the identities of four tax agents at the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) in order to create “AUSkeys—digital security tokens that allow tax agents to interact with the ATO securely,” reports The Australian. The ATO says using the digital keys, the criminals would be able to access the accounts of the tax agents whose identities were stolen—disputing earlier reports stating they could gain more widespread access. A warning has been issued to tax agents to ensure their accounts haven’t been compromised. An ATO spokesman said it isn’t clear whether other agents have been affected. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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