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The "S" Doesn't Stand for Security

June 23, 2011

In case you didn't know the "S" in IRS stands for service not security.  A recent report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration indicates that the IRS could certainly use a healthy dose of security.  As Robert W. Wood writes at, "I recently asked if your IRS data is at risk.  I suggested it might not be, but I didn’t tell you to start worrying.  Now I’m not so sure." 

Here's a very disturbing finding:  "100% of IRS Databases TIGTA tested are vulnerable to hackers."  At least it's not more than 100 percent.  Fortunately, I suppose, "IRS has agreed with TIGTA’s recommendations and is taking steps to develop strategies to deal with these issues."  Given that hackers have hit Sony, the U.S. Senate, and the CIA recently, does anyone think that the IRS will develop and implement its strategic plan in time to prevent the loss of taxpayer data?


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Submitted by Jeff at: June 24, 2011
A year of no taxes sounds like an excellent idea, Artie. I'm doubtful that Congress and the Administration would be so generous with their -- I mean, your -- money.

Submitted by Artie at: June 24, 2011
When Sony got hit, I got a free month of PSN+ membership, a free game, and a few other related concessions. When another online store I'd once purchased from got attacked, I was given a free year of identity theft monitoring service (Sony threw that in, too). Now, if we're supposed to believe the government is so much more altruistic than the private sector, does that mean when the IRS inevitably gets cracked that everyone will get a year of no taxes? (Or does it just mean their friends in the media will make sure no one ever hears about it?)