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Group: IRS mistakenly posted thousands of Social Security numbers on website


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Group: IRS mistakenly posted thousands of Social Security numbers on website | Fox News

Report: IRS mistakenly exposed thousands of Social Security numbers

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" 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 group said the Social Security numbers were largely those of donors, though some were also from people who prepared tax returns to furnish to the IRS.

An IRS spokesman told FoxNews.com on Monday the agency was alerted about a "substantial number" of Social Security numbers posted on the site and removed web access to the information "out of an abundance of caution." The spokesman also said the IRS is now "assessing the situation and exploring available options."

A message on the agency’s 527 homepage asks visitors to check back Monday, but the site was still down Monday evening.

Public.Resource.org. founder Carl Malamud told FoxNews.com on Monday night that roughly 100,000 Social Security numbers were exposed.

These incompentent boobs continue to expose their galactic stupidity.
Who at the IRS will get fired over this? Who at the IRS will be punished in any meaningful way over this? I know the answer. Nobody.
How is it that tax-exempt political groups are the ones hit lately. I find that to be an amazing coincidence. Are we to believe the IRS assigns its biggest morons to work on tax-exempt political groups?
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