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Personal data of 20,000 employees exposed in security breach: IRS
March 18, 2014 / 9:55 PM / 4 years ago

Personal data of 20,000 employees exposed in security breach: IRS

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The personal data of about 20,000 U.S. Internal Revenue Service employees going back to 2007 or earlier may have been exposed on the Internet, but no general taxpayer information or records were part of the security breach, the agency said on Tuesday.

Leader of Forza Italia party Silvio Berlusconi talks to reporters at the end of the consultations with Italian Prime Minister-designate Matteo Renzi (not seen) at the Parliament in Rome February 19, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said in a statement that an unencrypted thumb drive containing the information was plugged into an employee’s unsecured home network, making the information potentially accessible to third parties online.

He said the drive contained “sensitive personnel information, including names, Social Security numbers and addresses, of some employees, former employees and contracted employees.”

Koskinen said: “At this point, we have no direct evidence to indicate this personal information has been used for identity theft or other inappropriate uses.”

The 20,000 employees worked in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, the IRS said.

Representative Dave Camp, the Republican who chairs a congressional panel that oversees the IRS, said: “The IRS has repeatedly broken the American people’s trust, and the Ways and Means Committee will take a thorough look into this incident.”

Reporting by Patrick Temple-West; Editing by Kevin Drawbaugh and Amanda Kwan

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