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Beware: Social Security numbers available online via indexed tax documents

submitted on April 11, 2011 by orangearrows in "Member's Lounge"
Effects of the email breach - feeling it.

As one who keeps up with the cutting edge of search engines and advanced search querying, it is with much reservation and disbelief that I bring you the results of my latest online investigative research. 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

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  • 111029
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    Posted by clover on April 11, 2011
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    Very scarey! I will check it out more when I get home from work.
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    Posted by HouTex on April 11, 2011
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    If I understand this correctly, it seems to be due to carelessness by the individual in storing confidential documents online. Or are they available simply because they used efiling for their income tax? I was not able to find mine or anyone in my family.
    • lootango
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      Posted by lootango on April 11, 2011
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      I couldn't find mine either... that's a good thing!

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