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Audit: Md. Taxpayers Info Kept On Publically Accessible Server

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — An audit of the state comptroller’s office has found that one division has kept sensitive taxpayer information on a publicly accessible computer server for years.

The Daily Record reports that the Office of Legislative Audits report made public Thursday found that the Revenue Administration Division kept more than 75,000 records on a server auditors feared could be compromised. Those records include Social Security numbers and taxpayers’ names. Auditors say lax security made records commonly sought by identity thieves vulnerable and it’s not the first time they’ve warned the division.

Legislative auditors reported a total of 10 findings, including four repeat violations by the division.

The comptroller’s office says most of the recommendations have been implemented and sensitive taxpayer data had been removed from that server.

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