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Oh, good: IRS accidentally exposed thousands of Social Security numbers

posted at 7:34 pm on July 8, 2013 by

Still more competence and discretion from everybody’s favorite revenue service. Via the NJ:

The incident involves the unwitting exposure of “tens of thousands” of Social Security numbers, according to a recent audit by the independent transparency and public-domain group Public.Resource.org. The identifying numbers were on the Internet for less than 24 hours after being discovered, but the damage was done. And unfortunately, the data-breach concerns some of the most sensitive types of transactions: Those made by nonprofit political groups known as 527s.

Every so often, 527s have to file tax forms to the IRS, which then get added to a database. The database itself is hardly a secret; the IRS has been sending updated records routinely to Public.Resource.org and other public-interest groups, and it’s a favorite among political reporters. But when the IRS told the group’s founder, Carl Malamud, to disregard the Form 990-Ts included in the agency’s January release, he took a closer look at the files in question.

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Up next: your medical records.

But Obama assures us we’re doing it right.

TexasDan on July 8, 2013 at 7:42 PM

Gosh, you’d almost think they are incompetent. And there are so many of them. And they have guns.

Cindy Munford on July 8, 2013 at 7:47 PM

Let me guess…all SSN’s belong to conservatives that are members of groups critical of Obama.

jaywemm on July 8, 2013 at 7:51 PM

And unfortunately, the data-breach concerns some of the most sensitive types of transactions: Those made by nonprofit political groups known as 527s.

Gosh, that’s not suspicious at all.

RebeccaH on July 8, 2013 at 7:58 PM

Gosh, you’d almost think they are incompetent. And there are so many of them. And they have guns.

Cindy Munford on July 8, 2013 at 7:47 PM

And bullets. Lots of bullets. And friends in Homeland Security with lots of bullets and tanks.

ProfShadow on July 8, 2013 at 8:26 PM

And just in time for our new ‘citizens by decree’ to utilize at will.

LegendHasIt on July 8, 2013 at 9:29 PM

This was done deliberate to help out a Democrat constituent, illegal aliens. They want SSN’s real bad and buy and sell them amongst each other. The IRS just gave them a helping hand.

mike3121 on July 8, 2013 at 9:32 PM

Oh, I know; let’s give them more money.

stevezilla on July 8, 2013 at 9:39 PM

Up next: your medical records.

TexasDan on July 8, 2013 at 7:42 PM

Yup, these are the people charged with implementing Obamacare. What could go wrong?

talkingpoints on July 8, 2013 at 11:22 PM

This is just the latest exposure.

But they are doing things right.

dogsoldier on July 9, 2013 at 5:44 AM

Malnegligence. Criminegligence. Incopenality.

If anything, the IRS is adding to the ‘how to describe the government’ vocabulary.

Timothy S. Carlson on July 9, 2013 at 7:18 AM

And hollow point bullets. Lots of hollow point bullets.

ProfShadow on July 8, 2013 at 8:26 PM

FIFY

Timothy S. Carlson on July 9, 2013 at 7:20 AM

IRS accidentally exposed thousands of Social Security numbers

And if you believe that, I have a hotel in Dubai I can sell you. Cheap!

BigGator5 on July 9, 2013 at 8:24 AM

So basically the IRS is turning into a tool for identity thieves. I bet all of our medical records will provide lots of innovative techniques for identity theft.

Aitch748 on July 9, 2013 at 9:18 AM


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