Friday, April 16, 2004

But what about the courier?

According to the US Internal Revenue Service 1980s technology keeps electronically filed tax returns safe from prying eyes. Forms are only accepted from previously vetted tax preparers over private (or dialup) systems so that the data never hits the internet.

But how does that data get to places such as Intuit or Turbotax? Why over the internet, of course! So while I'm not worried about a break-in to the IRS files it should be relatively easy to intercept transmissions to the tax preparers. Given the potential size of the payoff (social security numbers, income figures, bank and stock data, etc.) these should be prime targets for criminals.

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