America is moving too fast in the technical space. It is at least moving faster than it is ready for. Whether it is governments, bureaucracies like the IRS or companies pushing the latest digital trends into the Internet of things, the result is often the same—a lack or lapse of security consciousness.
The IRS rolled out a brand new service called Get Transcript. Out of a reported 281,000 failed attempts, some 334,000 accounts were successfully breached by hackers.
The IRS Get Transcript website allowed online access to view the complete reported tax accounts of taxpayers who signed up. To gain entry, the hackers needed substantial personal information that is unfortunately not too difficult to acquire today for a skillful team of hackers or a foreign power.
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