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The federal government had a record number of data breaches in 2012, revealing sensitive personal information of its employees across multiple agencies, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
A total of 22,156 incidents, caused by nefarious cyber attacks, or inadvertent exposures by agency employees, occurred in 2012, according to a new GAO report on information security released on Wednesday.
The report comes as the launch of Healthcare.gov has raised concerns over the privacy of Americans personal information using the government website, which lacks fundamental security safeguards and is vulnerable to attack.
The GAO said security breaches into federal agencies “continue to occur on a regular basis.” ........
... The CMS reported 4,172 incidents in FY 2012, second to only the Department of Veterans Affairs, which had 6,627. The IRS ranked third for most breaches, with 3,696. Together, CMS and the IRS accounted for nearly half of the 15,140 breaches reported by the eight agencies alone.
If everyone working for government magically one day sprouted a conscious like the hackers etc. they would halt everything and bring the system to a screeching halt.