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IRS does it again !
The IRS mistakenly posted the Social Security numbers of tens of thousands of Americans on a government website, the agency confirmed Monday night. One estimate put the figure as high as 100,000 names.
The numbers were posted to an IRS database for tax-exempt political groups known as 527s and first discovered by the group Public.Resource.org.
The California-based group said it learned of the "privacy breach" Tuesday while working on an unrelated audit of an “improperly vetted shipment” of IRS data on DVDs and promptly informed the agency, which shut down the site the next day.
The security breach will be costly for the state, which hired a private cyber security firm to block the attack and to install new equipment and software at the Revenue Department. The state also promised to pay for one year of credit monitoring and identity theft protection for those affected.
3.6 million Social Security numbers hacked in S.C.
Originally posted by tyfon
If they had the same data audits as we do in the VISA system, most government entities would have failed miserably.