Beware: Social Security numbers available online via indexed tax documents! It’s Monday again and the MADDness is already started, check out this article I found today… very scary, and we need to hold someone accountable for all the loopholes that cybercriminals can exploit, but that is probably not going to happen! If it did I would have nothing to share with you on Monday’s… or for that matter any other day of the week…
As of 4/10/2011, I have discovered in excess of 50 tax documents containing any given combination of Social Security numbers, credit card information, names, addresses, tax IDs, and phone numbers being made available online. However, unlike recent leaks of email addresses and password hashes being made available due to hackers compromising systems, these documents are being unknowingly made freely available to prying eyes by the very owners of said information.
Sounds unbelievable, right? It gets worse.
To clarify, these are tax documents as they have been/will be submitted to State and Federal government: Names, addresses, income, phone numbers, credit card numbers (stored from e-filing), and worse of all, Social Security numbers. The latter is the most detrimental of all not just because of the individual filing their taxes having their identity potentially stolen, but because of individuals who have children that they use for tax credits. Read more
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