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IRS Exposes Tens of Thousands of SSNs

Submitted by admin on Wed, 7/10/2013 - 12:00 am

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Treasury Inspector General (TIGTA) were notified by Carl Malamud, founder of Public.Resource.Org, that the Social Security Numbers of tens of thousands of individuals were compromised.  This occurred through the posting of a database which contained the filings of Section 527 political organizations, such as campaign committees.

Malamud states, “This Section 527 database is an essential tool used by journalists, watchdog groups, congressional staffers and citizens,” and “While the public posting of this database serves a vital public purpose (and this database must be restored as quickly as possible), the failure to remove individual Social Security Numbers is an extraordinarily reckless act.”

The breach was discovered on July 2nd, 2013, and TIGTA was notified the same day. The IRS removed the data from public view on July 3rd, but only after it was left up for several months.  Add one more to the list of IRS scandals.