UK triumphs over USA for data-loss crown

Millions of American taxpayers could get a “special rebate” on their annual tax returns after it was revealed that the IRS’s internal systems were especially vulnerable to hackers.

A report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration identified weaknesses in the internal security of the federal Internal Revenue Service.

“We are very concerned that authorisation and authentication controls are weak on devices as sensitive as routers and switches… A disgruntled employee, contractor or hacker could reconfigure routers or switches to disrupt computer operations and steal taxpayer information in a number of ways,” the report said.

Still, although America may be an economic and military superpower, it is nice to see that incidents such as the HMRC’s lost discs are helping the UK to lead the world in this particular field.