The Internal Revenue Service has inadequate security controls over its routers and switches, jeopardizing sensitive taxpayer information, according to a report by the Treasury Department's inspector general.

"Access controls for IRS routers were not adequate, and reviews to monitor security configuration changes were not conducted to identify inappropriate use," said the report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. "A disgruntled employee, contractor or hacker could reconfigure routers and switches to disrupt computer operations and steal taxpayer information in a number of ways, including diverting information to unauthorized systems."

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