Incompetent IRS Accidentally Releases Social Security Numbers - The American Spectator | USA News and Politics
Incompetent IRS Accidentally Releases Social Security Numbers

Just when you think the IRS couldn’t get any more incompetent.

The agency accidentally released over 2,000 Social Security numbers, according to, a non-profit transparency group that posts public records online.

The National Journal:

The incident involves the unwitting exposure of as many as 2,319 Social Security numbers, maybe more, according to a July 1 audit by the independent transparency and public-domain group The identifying numbers were on the Internet for less than 24 hours, 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.

In the grand scheme of things, this probably isn’t that big of a deal. The amount of data released was relatively small, was only available for a very short period of time, and was accessed by very few people, according to the audit.

Even so, the fact that this mistake happened in the first place is a bad sign. Is this really an agency we should be trusting with our healthcare data?

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