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IRS Employee Took Home Data on 20,000 Workers at Agency
« on: March 19, 2014, 04:37:09 AM »

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By Richard Rubin  Mar 18, 2014 5:03 PM ET  1 Comment  Email  Print

A U.S. Internal Revenue Service employee took home a computer thumb drive containing unencrypted data on 20,000 fellow workers, the agency said in a statement today.

The tax agency’s systems that hold personal data on hundreds of millions of Americans weren’t breached, the statement said.

“This incident is a powerful reminder to all of us that we must do everything we can to protect sensitive data –- whether it involves our fellow employees or taxpayers,” IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said in a message to employees. “This was not a problem with our network or systems, but rather an isolated incident.”

The IRS is contacting the current and former employees involved, almost all of whom worked in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey. The information dates to 2007, before the IRS started using automatic encryption.

IRS officials were told of the breach “a few days ago,” Koskinen’s message said.

The Social Security numbers, names and addresses of employees and contract workers were potentially accessible online because the thumb drive was plugged into the employee’s “unsecure home network,” Koskinen’s message said.

The IRS said it had no knowledge of the information being used to commit identity theft.

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The IRS said it’s working with its inspector general to investigate the incident. The IRS statement didn’t say why the incident was discovered now, didn’t include the name of the employee who used the thumb drive and didn’t say whether the employee still works at the IRS.

David Barnes, a spokesman for the inspector general’s office, declined to comment.

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, a Michigan Republican, said in a statement that the IRS in the past has released taxpayer information to the public and “has not been able to effectively prevent and detect identity theft.” He said the committee will look into the incident.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-03-18/irs-employee-took-home-data-on-20-000-workers-at-agency.html


Bloomberg News reporting this. IF it is scandal involving THEM (IRS UNION Employees) they tell it on a mountain.
"The Tea Party has a right to feel cheated.

When does the Republican Party, put in the majority by the Tea Party, plan to honor its commitment to halt the growth of the Federal monolith and bring the budget back into balance"?

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Re: IRS Employee Took Home Data on 20,000 Workers at Agency
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2014, 03:01:52 PM »
Gee, I wonder why this employee did that.

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Re: IRS Employee Took Home Data on 20,000 Workers at Agency
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2014, 03:12:36 PM »
Imagine medical records being released and or looked through by political opponents. We might find out W J Clinton had a nose collapse from cocaine and herpes. Or if candidate anyone tea party has anything embarrassing.
"The Tea Party has a right to feel cheated.

When does the Republican Party, put in the majority by the Tea Party, plan to honor its commitment to halt the growth of the Federal monolith and bring the budget back into balance"?

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Re: IRS Employee Took Home Data on 20,000 Workers at Agency
« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2014, 03:57:37 PM »
Gee, I wonder why this employee did that.

probably to work from home.


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