The IRS often takes a beating in the reports from the Treasury Department’s inspector general, and two of the latest pointed to problems with security at the IRS and how the agency is spending money on security projects.
In one recent report, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration found that IRS databases continue to be susceptible to penetration tests of their security. TIGTA scanned 1,900 of the IRS networks and found that 369 of them, or about 11 percent, had one or more installation accounts with a default or blank password. Not only that, but 26 of those accounts had powerful administrator privileges that could have given a hacker access to some sensitive financial information. Some of the databases, TIGTA pointed out, contained personally identifiable taxpayer information.
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