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IRS mistakenly posted the SS #'s of tens of thousands of Americans on website

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    Group: IRS mistakenly posted thousands of Social Security numbers on website Published July 09, 2013 FoxNews.com * FILE: The IRS mistakenly posted the Social
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      Group: IRS mistakenly posted thousands of Social Security numbers on
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      Published July 09, 2013
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      FILE: The IRS mistakenly posted the Social Security numbers of tens of
      thousands of Americans on a government website. (AP)




      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.
      Malamud said in a statement on the group's website that it hopes the Obama
      administration will act to restore access to the agency's nonprofit
      database and resolve its concerns over what it described as a "serious violation
      of federal law."
      "It is time now for the administration to send a tiger team over to the
      [IRS] to help fix their information management practices," Malamud said.




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