by John Galt
October 3, 2017 20:00 ET
I swear you just can not make this crap up any more.
From Politico’s website tonight:
The same IRS that handles all of your private information just gave a no-bid multi-million dollar contract to the company which exposed all of your private information to every Pakistani, North Korean, and Russian hacker on planet Earth.
The IRS will pay Equifax $7.25 million to verify taxpayer identities and help prevent fraud under a no-bid contract issued last week, even as lawmakers lash the embattled company about a massive security breach that exposed personal information of as many as 145.5 million Americans.
But it gets better (more from the same article):
The IRS defended its decision in a statement, saying that Equifax told the agency that none of its data was involved in the breach and that Equifax already provides similar services to the IRS under a previous contract.
“Following an internal review and an on-site visit with Equifax, the IRS believes the service Equifax provided does not pose a risk to IRS data or systems,” the statement reads. “At this time, we have seen no indications of tax fraud related to the Equifax breach, but we will continue to closely monitor the situation.”
Equifax did not respond to requests for comment.
I sure hope the IRS updated the security on its Windows 98 interface with Equifax so our private information is secure. Oh, and for all those 501c3 Tea Party organizations that applied for tax exemptions.