IRS Ignored Calls To Tighten Security Before Breach: Suit

Law360, New York (August 21, 2015, 1:09 PM EDT) -- The Internal Revenue Service didn’t do enough to prevent a data breach earlier this year that affected approximately 330,000 taxpayers and it should be held accountable, according to a proposed class action lodged Thursday in District of Columbia federal court.

Plaintiffs Beck Welborn and Wendy Windrich claim that the IRS had known for years that the private tax records it was holding were inadequately protected, and had even received reports from the Government Accountability Office and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration warning the agency to increase its security.

Moreover, the IRS knew that hackers would be highly motivated to...

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