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The IRS Mistakenly Exposed Thousands of Social Security Numbers
National Journal ^ | July 8, 2013 | Brian Fung

Posted on 07/08/2013 9:27:27 PM PDT by INVAR

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

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TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 0bamacare; 527s; benghazi; fastandfurious; imfromthegovernment; imheretohelp; impeachnow; irs; scandal; showmeyourpapers
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More targeting and punishment for non-profit political groups.
1 posted on 07/08/2013 9:27:27 PM PDT by INVAR
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To: INVAR

“Oops.” We’re “sorry” for our “accidental” and “inadvertent” release of highly sensitive and compromising information. But, since the breach was “accidental” and there was no “intention” of breaking the law, no one will be punished for this breach. Thanks for playing.

In a just world, people would hang for this. Or the IRS would be permanently abolished, because it obviously can’t discharge its entrusted duties correctly.


2 posted on 07/08/2013 9:33:02 PM PDT by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: INVAR

Orly.

3 posted on 07/08/2013 9:42:39 PM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: coloradan

Neither can the census bureau/department of commerce. Come census-taking time, I always tape a large printout on my front and back doors of a NYTimes story, which was published some years ago about the huge internet drop of citizens’ personal information.


4 posted on 07/08/2013 9:46:56 PM PDT by floralamiss ("For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.")
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To: INVAR

..... Wonder how many just happened to be Tea Party, Pro Life, or Religious type groups?


5 posted on 07/08/2013 9:47:16 PM PDT by R_Kangel ( "A Nation of Sheep ..... Will Beget ..... a Nation Ruled by Wolves.")
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To: INVAR

This isn’t a cute Obama game anymore. It’s time to start putting some of these b******* in prison where they belong.


6 posted on 07/08/2013 9:59:17 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (If America is a nation of immigrants, where's my free stuff?)
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To: INVAR

AND THIS IS THE OBOZO AGENCY THAT WILL HAVE YOUR ENTIRE MEDICAL HISTORY ON-LINE. NEED I SAY ANYMORE? THIS GOVERNMENT MUST BE MADE TO HEEL.......


7 posted on 07/08/2013 9:59:51 PM PDT by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: INVAR
The identifying numbers were on the Internet for less than 24 hours...

Good thing it was contained to just under one day. Any more than that would be so much more devastating, what with the internet and google cache's and all!

8 posted on 07/08/2013 10:53:23 PM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: C210N

don’t forget the wayback machine....


9 posted on 07/08/2013 10:54:58 PM PDT by rolling_stone
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To: INVAR

Like many other Federal agencies the IRS is full of work avoiding porn surfers and affirmative action incompetents. Expect more of this “leaking” in the future from your ObamaCare medical records and NSA data dumps on political enemies.

Stupidity or on purpose or both??? Just expect more.


10 posted on 07/08/2013 11:05:45 PM PDT by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: Cheerio
"AND THIS IS THE OBOZO AGENCY THAT WILL HAVE YOUR ENTIRE MEDICAL HISTORY ON-LINE."

Exactly.

11 posted on 07/08/2013 11:15:08 PM PDT by Earthdweller (Harvard won the election again...so what's the problem.......? Embrace a ruler today.)
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To: INVAR

What’s most disturbing to me about this story—yet another disclosure that would knock any Repub out of the water thanks to the worthless Pravda American media—is that the Clinton/Obama administration has flooded the zone so successfully that no one cares anymore about massive related incompetence and freedom-changing plots against we American Citizens, except us lil’ ole’ FReepers.

And not much more than a dozen of us at that......

Disturbing and sad...


12 posted on 07/08/2013 11:31:38 PM PDT by Husker8877
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To: FlingWingFlyer

If only we had a party with balls. The “leader” of the house has a spine of spaghetti, wears pink ties and cries like a little girl.


13 posted on 07/09/2013 12:50:20 AM PDT by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks INVAR.

Capital punishment would be appropriate, in fact, would be the only appropriate punishment.


14 posted on 07/09/2013 2:35:55 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: INVAR

15 posted on 07/09/2013 3:13:49 AM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: INVAR

no way...... wow - how many more goof ups like this will be brushed aside before someone gets the guts to clean house?


16 posted on 07/09/2013 3:22:15 AM PDT by fivecatsandadog (Let's not be so open-minded that our brains fall out.)
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To: INVAR

Abolish the illegal IRS and be rid of these federal IRS ID numbers.


17 posted on 07/09/2013 3:25:12 AM PDT by chemicalman (The more support I see,the harder I want to work,and the more determined I am not to let folks down.)
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To: INVAR


ABOLISH the IRS.
18 posted on 07/09/2013 3:49:20 AM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: INVAR

And once again, I suppose “Nobody” did it, Nobody knows Nobody did it, and “Nobody” is responsible?


19 posted on 07/09/2013 4:10:02 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: INVAR

It is time for the tax revolt.

Set up the escrow account and stop sending these goons and thieves our hard earned money.

It is over. Plain and simple.


20 posted on 07/09/2013 4:58:14 AM PDT by EBH (Democracy is the language of dictators.)
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To: C210N
The identifying numbers were on the Internet for less than 24 hours after being discovered...

Heaven only knows how long this information was up BEFORE BEING DISCOVERED.

21 posted on 07/09/2013 5:23:09 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Breaking News: Hillary not running in 2016. Brain tumor found during recent colonoscopy...)
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To: Husker8877

“And not much more than a dozen of us at that......”

Good call. I’ve also begun to think there are more of them here than us.


22 posted on 07/09/2013 5:26:26 AM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: DoughtyOne
The identifying numbers were on the Internet for less than 24 hours after being discovered...

Heaven only knows how long this information was up BEFORE BEING DISCOVERED.

Thank goodness that damage is limited to only those folks that hear trees fall in the forest when nobody is around.

23 posted on 07/09/2013 5:28:12 AM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: INVAR

And some people think Snowden is a threat


24 posted on 07/09/2013 5:30:00 AM PDT by MNDude (Sorry for typos. Probably written on a smartphone, and I have big clumsy fingers.)
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To: MNDude
And some people think Snowden is a threat

Snowden is the 21st century's Paul Revere.

25 posted on 07/09/2013 5:36:49 AM PDT by Tonytitan
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To: Tonytitan

To the commander of the British army, Paul Revere was a threat.

He was a Tea Partier, the original group


26 posted on 07/09/2013 5:38:27 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Who will shoot Liberty Valence?)
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To: INVAR

Eliminate the IRS, Obama regime and most agencies of the central socialist government.


27 posted on 07/09/2013 5:40:00 AM PDT by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: coloradan

The penalty must be death.......

Until several die for their crimes the process will continue unabated

Crimes against the Republic should be punished by death


28 posted on 07/09/2013 5:44:52 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Who will shoot Liberty Valence?)
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To: INVAR

Is there a list of names so we can check?


29 posted on 07/09/2013 5:56:35 AM PDT by Chickensoup (200 million unarmed " people killed in the 20th century by Leftist Totalitarian Fascists)
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30 posted on 07/09/2013 6:21:51 AM PDT by RedMDer (When immigrants cannot or will not assimilate, its really just an invasion. Throw them out!)
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To: INVAR

Let me guess - the SSN released all belong to the members of the American resistance: Tea Party Movement, Republican Party, Libertarian Party, the Catholic Church, etc.


31 posted on 07/09/2013 6:37:01 AM PDT by Darin1948
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To: C210N

I’d like to think that, but do you realize how hard it is to get a hold of the right person to get something like that remedied. And the first person to report it, isn’t the first person to find it.

Once it’s found and captured, it lives on...


32 posted on 07/09/2013 6:39:59 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Breaking News: Hillary not running in 2016. Brain tumor found during recent colonoscopy...)
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To: Husker8877

True, and when the 1000 cuts culminate in a full dictatorship the sycophant media will ensure the angry masses attack the evil money-grubbing corporations instead of the source.

Yet, it is easy enough to fight back but most people will prefer their TV’s. Just inundate the IRS with paperwork. Fill out your forms in sloppy handwriting, make an agent read it, don’t leave it legible enough for the machines to scan it. Amend your return, submit quarterly estimates for small amounts. Sure, Obama’ll just keep printing the money anyway, but a paralyzed IRS could be fun.

Angry at the media? Attack the NYT advertisers. How long could they hang on, they’re already on the edge of bankruptcy. Push them over a cliff.

Ah well, the NFL will be starting up soon.......


33 posted on 07/09/2013 6:52:55 AM PDT by wrencher
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To: INVAR

Mistaken, myass. NOTHING done by The Regime is unintentional.


34 posted on 07/09/2013 7:01:22 AM PDT by Old Sarge (My "KMA List" is growing daily...)
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To: INVAR
mistakenly,lol
35 posted on 07/09/2013 7:09:22 AM PDT by Drawn7979
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To: INVAR

Not a peep in the MSM outlets.


36 posted on 07/09/2013 7:18:35 AM PDT by Rennes Templar (Mr. President, can you hear a special prosecutor now?)
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To: INVAR

There should be a mechanism by which this sot of thing could happen accidentally. Computers that contained this sort of information should not have internet access.


37 posted on 07/09/2013 7:39:59 AM PDT by babygene ( .)
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To: INVAR

Mistake, my aunt fanny.


38 posted on 07/09/2013 8:17:33 AM PDT by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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To: INVAR
Fortunately, a check of the site's HTTP and FTP logs revealed that nobody accessed the information. We're perfectly safe. Oh, well, there was this one little item:

...but it was clear that at least one copy of the DVD ISO image (the image of the original DVD) had been transferred.

Oops. So somebody out there does have a copy. Of course, there will be a destination IP address in the logs too and I'm sure the IRS is right on top of finding out who has the entire DVD. Which naturally won't be copied and redistributed in the meantime. That would be wrong.

39 posted on 07/09/2013 8:26:26 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: INVAR; Revolting cat!

How many of Barack Obama’s were among them?


40 posted on 07/09/2013 8:57:49 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Billthedrill; wrencher; Darin1948; onyx; All
AGAIN - the most disturbing aspect:

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

Here's an update from this morning from the Source:

"The IRS has responded with a statement, saying the agency is "assessing the situation and exploring available options."

"When we were alerted last week that a substantial number of Social Security numbers were posted on IRS.gov in forms filed by section 527 political organizations, the IRS decided out of an abundance of caution to temporarily remove public web access to the records," an official wrote. "The law requires the IRS to publicly post forms, such as Forms 8871, 8872 and 990, that are submitted by section 527 organizations.

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.

41 posted on 07/09/2013 9:20:27 AM PDT by INVAR ("Fart for liberty, fart for freedom and fart proudly!" - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: INVAR

Just great. And these boneheads now are enforcing ObamaCare with access to our personal health records. Just great.


42 posted on 07/09/2013 9:26:20 AM PDT by AtlasStalled
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To: INVAR

Corrupt government again...


43 posted on 07/09/2013 9:39:09 AM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: AtlasStalled

What did we think was as going to happen?

The IRS is the enforcement weapon, and we learned that Obama has turned the IRS into a political weapon against his enemies.

So, what did we think would happen?

Welcome to tyranny.


44 posted on 07/09/2013 9:41:07 AM PDT by INVAR ("Fart for liberty, fart for freedom and fart proudly!" - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Rennes Templar; Billthedrill; wrencher; Darin1948; onyx; All
Fox has picked it up now and is reporting on it:

Group: IRS mistakenly posted thousands of Social Security numbers on website

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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.

*snip*

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."

45 posted on 07/09/2013 9:50:11 AM PDT by INVAR ("Fart for liberty, fart for freedom and fart proudly!" - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: INVAR

The big question is whether these constitute a release of those organizations’ donors’ SSNs. That would be worse by an order of magnitude than the release of their names, which was already used by liberal political proponents of gay marriage to harass the donors. This would be enough for identity theft. This is a very, very serious matter.


46 posted on 07/09/2013 10:11:57 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Billthedrill

Any way that it can be determined if the numbers revealed were conservative?


47 posted on 07/09/2013 10:14:56 AM PDT by mware
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To: Billthedrill

The information obtained by Brian Fung at the National Journal is that what was released by the IRS WAS Social Security Numbers - SSNs of 527s - which I assume were individual donors in the 527.

How much do we want to assume that the intent of this ‘mistake’ is ‘chill or punish donations to Conservative 527s same as was being done by the harassment of Conservative 501C3s?

Look the original IRS scandal of harassing TEA Party non-profits was a very,very, serious matter.

Nothing is going to be done about it. The Dictatorial Tyrannical regime is now self-aware that they are invincible and hold total power without any risk of charge or action to check their power.


48 posted on 07/09/2013 10:46:45 AM PDT by INVAR ("Fart for liberty, fart for freedom and fart proudly!" - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: onyx

ABOLISH the IRS.

B U M P


49 posted on 07/09/2013 10:56:07 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (K I L L T H E B I L L !!)
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To: mware

By us, no. By the IRS, probably by name. By the organizations themselves, when their donors start to complain about their bank accounts being drained by hackers.


50 posted on 07/09/2013 11:07:33 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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