IRS Accidentally Publishes Thousands of Social Security Numbers

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social securityReady to be scared? The IRS published thousands of Social Security numbers online today, accidentally. Thousands! Tens of thousands, actually. A casual little flub if you define casual as "ARE YOU EFFIN' KIDDING ME?!" 

So here's what happened: the IRS went to go upload a whole bunch of records on the non-profit industry. The problem? Whoever was performing the upload forgot to withhold the Socials or, in other words, a bit of human error. Lucky for god knows whose information was released, the numbers have already been removed. Phew.

But still! They were up online. It's ... frightening, isn't it? I mean, come on -- here we are thinking that the IRS is this big huge strong almighty organization that can be trusted with the nine digits that are the key to our lives. In reality, no one needed to even hack into their system to get valuable information. Fan-freakin'-tastic.

It was an accident, yes. Accidents happen. However, there's just no room for accidents when this much is at stake. In an instant, the lives of thousands could be compromised. One has to wonder, how can something like this happen at such a big, powerful agency? And if it's this easy to just upload valuable information online, is it just as easy to hack into the computers that hold it? Oh man, I hope not.

Like I said -- thankfully everything's taken down now. With that said, it can't hurt to do a once-over of your bank account, credit, etc. You never can be too careful after all.

Does this worry you?

 

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