By Steven Musil

The IRS has temporarily suspended the $7.2 million contract it recently awarded Equifax to help verify taxpayer identity and validation for the government agency, the IRS said Thursday.

Equifax has been under intense scrutiny since disclosing last month it suffered a massive hack that may have exposed personal information for roughly half the US population. The move was announced amid reports the credit-reporting bureau had been attacked yet again, this time serving up malicious software to those who visited the company’s website.

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