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Whoops! IRS Mistake Exposes Thousands of SSNs

IRS leak noticed by watchdog group


NewLettersThe IRS confirmed Monday that it had accidentally posted Social Security numbers on a government site.

The mistake was brought to the IRS’ attention by watchdog group, who learned of the leaked numbers while working on an unrelated audit of an “improperly vetted shipment” of IRS data on DVDs, reports Fox News. founder Carl Malamud told Fox News that nearly 100,000 Social Security numbers were shown on the site before the IRS took it down.

“It is time now for the administration to send a tiger team over to the [IRS] to help fix their information management practices,” Malamud told Fox News.

Earlier this year, former IRS Commissioner Steven T. Miller was forced to resign after it was found that the IRS was singling out tea party groups. Tea party groups seeking tax-exempt status were subjected to greater scrutiny than other groups.

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