IRS Latest To Get Dinged Over Lost Computers
from the it's-tax-time dept
Just a couple days after learning that the National Nuclear Security Agency, which is tasked with that little job of keeping the government's nuclear secrets safe, is having a problem holding onto its computers, it's been revealed that the IRS is having the same problems. A new audit of the agency indicates that over the last few years, it has lost at least 490 computers, with many of them containing -- you guessed it -- unencrypted personal data. It's hard to know which is more disturbing, the losses at the National Nuclear Security Agency or the IRS. On the one hand, potentially losing nuclear secrets is pretty scary, but on the other hand, there's probably no federal agency that has more personal data on US citizens that could be used by identity fraudsters than the IRS. With the government so unable to hold onto its computers, it's a wonder that other governments even bother engaging in real espionage. All they need to do is wait for some of these laptops to find their way onto the black market. Meanwhile, if the IRS is wondering why my taxes are going to be filed late this year, it's because the computer they were being prepared on is, um, missing.