Friday, October 17, 2008

IRS Computers Full of Security Holes

The IRS has sensitive data about 130 million people filing tax returns. But their computer systems storing that data have inadequate security controls, according to a study by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration in a report released in September.

The security issues run the gamut from inadequate access controls, lack of auditing of privileged users and weak application security.

The study focused on the Customer Account Date Engine (CADE, for you acronym junkies who aren't US government employees), which is meant to streamline access to taxpayer data. I guess now that would also streamline access for hackers, as well.

The IRS was aware of the issues but didn't think they were important. Now, they do, and have agreed to work with the Inspector General's office to fix the vulnerabilities, the report says.

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