IRS Data Breach: Steps to Protect Americans' Personal Information, Hearing Before the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, June 2, 2015   [open pdf - 4MB]

This is the June 2, 2015 hearing on "The IRS Data Breach: Steps to Protect Americans' Personal Information," held before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. From the opening statement of Ron Johnson: "I got a call from the Commissioner of the IRS informing me of the-it is not necessarily a breach. I guess you could call it a breach, but it is not your standard cyber attack that we have been talking about. This is just simply a breach of confidentiality in a system that is meant to assist taxpayers, and it brought all kinds of questions to mind: What type of authentication system, what kind of security system is being utilized here, not only within the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) but also other agencies in the government? And what we are starting to find out is, well, different agencies-the Social Security Administration (SSA), we have the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) with Healthcare.gov, similar types of systems." Statements, letters, and other materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Michael Kasper, Kevin Fu, Jeffrey E. Greene, and John A. Koskinen.

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