TweakTown

IRS worker takes drive home, opens up 20,000 employees to data risk

IRS worker won't win employee of the month after opening up 20,000 coworkers to potential data theft.

Published Sat, Mar 22 2014 12:10 PM CDT   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

Up to 20,000 current and former employees with the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) are at risk due to a reckless employee that took an unencrypted flash drive home and accessed it on an unsecure network.

IRS worker takes drive home, opens up 20,000 employees to data risk | TweakTown.com

Employee names, addresses and Social Security numbers were exposed, with all potentially affected employees notified by IRS officials.

"This incident is a powerful reminder to all of us that we must do everything we can to protect sensitive data - whether it involves our fellow employees or tax payers," said John Koskinen, in a memo sent to employees. "This was not a problem with our network or systems, but rather an isolated incident."

The biggest threat is to employees in Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, with the information dating back to 2007, which is when the IRS began mandatory encryption for sensitive data.

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

Related Tags

Newsletter Subscription

Latest News

View More News

Latest Reviews

View More Reviews

Latest Articles

View More Articles