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SCI/TECH: IRS Computer Upgrade Risks Taxpayer Data

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posted on Jul, 19 2004 @ 06:49 PM
Apparently the contracters hired to upgrade the IRS computers made their systems suseptible to hackers and viruses, as well as making it possible to gain access to taxpapers information
WASHINGTON Private contractors revamping IRS computers committed security violations that significantly increased the possibility that private taxpayer information might be disclosed, Treasury Department inspectors say.

An investigation by the department's inspector general for tax administration found that employees working for contractors, or an experienced hacker, could use the contractors' computers to gain access to taxpayer data.

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You would think they would hire more trustworthy people to upgrade computers as important as the IRS.

[edit on 20-7-2004 by Banshee]

posted on Jul, 19 2004 @ 06:50 PM
This particular concern of the IRS concerned me

# Some computers used by contractors were too old to support a secure operating system, and the IRS did not have enough money to replace them.

Why doesn't the IRS have enough money????

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