Treasury office faults IRS computer security http://www.azcentral.com/business/articles/2008/10/16/20081016biz-irscomputersercurity16-ON.html Oct. 16, 2008 10:13 AM The Associated Press WASHINGTON - Two new IRS computer systems that will eventually cost taxpayers almost $2 billion are being put into service despite known security and privacy vulnerabilities, a Treasury watchdog said in a report coming out Thursday. The office of the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration said Internal Revenue Service officials failed to ensure that identified weaknesses had been addressed before putting the new systems into use. Inspector General J. Russell George said it was "very troublesome" that the IRS "was aware of, and even self-identified, these weaknesses." The IRS, in a statement, said security of taxpayer data "is of paramount importance" to the agency and that, as noted in the report, it had implemented many of its recommendations and taken steps to improve security. It stressed that no taxpayer data has been harmed and numerous security safeguards were in place. The report focused on the Customer Account Data Engine, which will provide the foundation for managing all
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