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The IRS Mistakenly Exposed Thousands of Social Security Numbers

• National Journal

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 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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