The suspension came after the discovery of an adware installer in Equifax’s website.
The IRS got a lot of flak from both ordinary citizens and lawmakers when it awarded Equifax a fraud prevention contract earlier this month. After all, they forged their partnership after the credit reporting agency revealed that it recently suffered a massive security breach that affected 145 million Americans. Now, after reports came out that an adware installer lived in the agency’s website, IRS has decided to temporarily suspend the $7.2 million, no-bid contract.
IRS commissioned Equifax to verify the identities of taxpayers signing up for a Secure Access account, which gives people access to online tax records and transcripts, on its website. Sign ups for Secure Access accounts have been suspended as a result, but anybody who already has one will not be affected.