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FAFSA Online Data Breach Discussed in Testimony

Testimony last week before the House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform Committee offered details on a breach involving the data-retrieval tool used to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (“FAFSA”). According to Timothy Camus of the Investigations at the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, hackers used taxpayers’ personal information to begin the FASFA application process and gain access to their adjusted gross income via the data-retrieval tool. Around 100,000 taxpayers were impacted by the data breach, causing the FAFSA online tool shut down in March.

More on the FAFSA data breach testimony is available on the Journal of Accountancy website.

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