Good news: IRS says hackers stole tax info on 100K Americans

This will, no doubt, cause the shameless Commissioner John Koskinen and his Democratic enablers to argue that they just need more of our money to take our money and personal information as securely as possible after yet another fundamental breach of their duties:

Sophisticated criminals used an online service run by the IRS to access personal tax information from more than 100,000 taxpayers, part of an elaborate scheme to steal identities and claim fraudulent tax refunds, the IRS said Tuesday.

The thieves accessed a system called “Get Transcript,” where taxpayers can get tax returns and other filings from previous years. In order to access the information, the thieves cleared a security screen that required knowledge about the taxpayer, including Social Security number, date of birth, tax filing status and street address, the IRS said.

“We’re confident that these are not amateurs,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. “These actually are organized crime syndicates that not only we but everybody in the financial industry are dealing with.”

I’ve had a fraudulent return filed in my name, and it’s been three years now, and the IRS still can’t get straight who is the real me and who’s the fraudulent one. I was recently locked out of exactly the service described above because I don’t have the correct security information the fraudulent filer put in on my behalf. My husband also suffers for this because we file jointly, so any hiccups in our filings and returns rope him in as well. It’s lovely.

That’s your shot and this is your chaser, from the Pew Research Center just days ago:

Americans have little confidence that their data will remain private and secure.

For all of the 11 entities we asked about in the fall 2014 survey – from government agencies to credit card companies to social media sites – only small minorities say they are “very confident” the records maintained by these organizations will remain private and secure.

Just 6% of adults say they are “very confident” that government agencies can keep their records private and secure, while another 25% say they are “somewhat confident.”

Only 6% of respondents say they are “very confident” that landline telephone companies will be able to protect their data and 25% say they are “somewhat confident” that the records of their activities will remain private and secure.

Credit card companies appear to instill a marginally higher level of confidence; 9% say they are “very confident” and 29% say they are “somewhat confident” their data will stay private and secure.

President Obama calls this lack of faith “cynicism” and thinks we should banish it from our minds in peaceful acquiescence to the federal government’s will. But this poll result, and all the others that show Americans repeatedly and overwhelmingly preferring state and local government to federal, is a natural and logical response to the bad behavior of the federal government, which has been both multiplied by the hubris and activism of the Obama administration and magnified by a new media age that gives Americans a better understanding of what the federal government has always been.