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IRS Exposed Thousands Of SS#s Of 527 Groups

From the National Journal:

The IRS Mistakenly Exposed Thousands of Social Security Numbers

By Brian Fung | July 8, 2013

Another day, another slipup by the Internal Revenue Service.

The incident involves the unwitting exposure of "tens of thousands" of Social Security numbers, according to a recent audit by the independent transparency and public-domain group Public.Resource.org. The identifying numbers were on the Internet for less than 24 hours after being discovered, but the damage was done.

In fact, we will learn below that this information was online from January until July. It was only removed after it was "discovered" in July.

And unfortunately, the data-breach concerns some of the most sensitive types of transactions: Those made by nonprofit political groups known as 527s.

We’re supposed to believe this was a slip-up? When the Obama campaign administration and the rest of the radical left’s top priority for the last three years has been to find out the names of the donors to Republican and conservative groups?

Every so often, 527s have to file tax forms to the IRS, which then get added to a database. The database itself is hardly a secret; the IRS has been sending updated records routinely to Public.Resource.org and other public-interest groups, and it’s a favorite among political reporters.

Especially to leftwing groups, like the Soros funded ProPublica outfit.

But when the IRS told the group’s founder, Carl Malamud, to disregard the Form 990-Ts included in the agency’s January release, he took a closer look at the files in question.

After analyzing the breach, Malamud wrote a letter to the IRS pointing out 10 instances where a social security number was accidentally revealed on the government’s website—just a small sample of the larger breach.

Just the day before, Malamud had filed another letter to the agency describing a problem with the 990-Ts. Of over 3,000 tax returns contained in the January update, 319 contained sensitive data the agency should have scrubbed, Malamud wrote in the July 1 report that he filed to the inspector general’s office. In that mixup, some 2,319 social security numbers—perhaps more—were revealed

So despite the National Journal reporting that "The identifying numbers were on the Internet for less than 24 hours after being discovered," they were actually available from January to July.

Public.Resource.org took down its copy of the compromised 990-Ts and replaced them with a clean version that the IRS had sent. But it was another day before "senior White House officials" the IRS removed the files from public view on their end, on July 3.

Calling the IRS’s efforts at data security "unprofessional and amateur," Public.Resource.org is requesting that the IRS shut down the entire 527 database to prevent further lapses. In an email, Malamud told me that the IRS has, in fact, shut down the database—but that it should also reopen it as soon as possible in the interest of transparency…

Now, bear in mind two things. First,  the IRS posted this info back in January, which was long before the ‘spit’ hit the fan about the IRS targeting Tea Party groups. And, second, the Obama campaign administration and the rest of the radical left’s top priority since the Citizens United ruling in January 2010, has been to find out everything they can about the donors to Republican and conservative groups.

And yet we are supposed to believe that posting of the Social Security numbers of these groups was just an accident.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, July 9th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “IRS Exposed Thousands Of SS#s Of 527 Groups”

  1. You don’t suppose those 527′s would primarily be … non-Leftist?

  2. Liberals Demise

    Just another reason to loathe obama care jackboots.




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