Taxpayers’ information intact; database breach prevented

Taxpayers’ information intact; database breach prevented

ISLAMABAD: The IT wing of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has successfully secured the database of tax system in a cyber attack, which forced the official portal to stop services, a senior tax official claimed on Sunday.

“A Trojan malware penetrated to the systems of the FBR and slightly affected operations. There is backup of entire database, which enable the technical staff to restore the website by very soon,” the official said on condition not to be named.

The official said that all the database of taxpayers and other applications are safe and will be online. However, initially these application would run with limited resources which might cause delay in accessing, the official added.

The official said that the authorities were probing about the location of attackers. Apparently, the cyber attack was planned and executed from abroad.

The official said that Customs online system WeBOC is functional and clearance process was remained normal.

Earlier, the FBR issued a clarification regarding disturbance in Customs Operations due to up gradation of FBR Data Center.

FBR has clarified that Customs operations have remained fully operational, throughout this week.

Goods Declaration (GD) filing in Weboc for export has remained fully operational however due to slight glitch in Active Taxpayer List module, import GDs filing was temporarily affected where ATL data was required as input in the Weboc system, which was restored on priority

Goods Declaration (GD) for imports is being filed smoothly since yesterday afternoon. Daily GD filing (import as well as export) for the last three years on 14th August are 310 in year 2019, in year 2020, it was 1148 and last day on 14th August, it was 1901.

Moreover, import GD filings for the last two days are 198 on 14th August and 86 today till noon.

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