The number of fraudulent IRS websites taken down in 2008 soared to 3,030, up more than 240 percent from 2007, according to a GAO analysis, suggesting a sharp increase by criminals to draw unassuming taxpayers to faux tax agency websites to steal identities and money.
The Department of Homeland Security public-facing website do a pretty good job safeguarding DHS data, but needs to do more to truly secure these sites, according to a just-released audit by the DHS Inspector General.
The Social Security Administration has failed to comply with three of five recommendations made by auditors in 2001 to tighten IT security standards, the agency's inspector general said in a new report.
Several military units failed to adequately sanitize hard drives of data, including Social Security numbers of military personnel, before shipping the IT equipment to other organizations, in violation of Department of Defense rules, the DoD inspector general said in a report.
The Department of Homeland Security maintains an effective, enterprise-wide information security management program for its intelligence systems, according to an unclassified summary of an audit conducted by the DHS inspector general.