The company hit by one of the largest-ever data breaches will soon get government money—to combat taxpayer fraud.
The IRS has awarded Equifax a $7.25 million no-bid contract to verify taxpayers’ identities.
[The contract] was posted the last day of the fiscal year, Saturday, on the government’s Federal Business Opportunities database. It was awarded Friday, three weeks after Equifax announced what Ars has described as “very possibly the worst leak of personal info ever.” According to the posting, Equifax will “assist in ongoing identity verification and validations” for the IRS.
News of the contract was published the day after Equifax disclosed that millions more consumers were affected by its data breach than had been reported previously.