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U.S. TREASURY COMPUTER SECURITY STILL WEAK

Source: General Accounting Office

Posted on February 7, 2002

      Despite several warnings, the Treasury Department's Financial Management Service -- which disburses nearly $2 trillion annually in tax refunds and Social Security benefits -- remains vulnerable to cyberattacks because of weak security, according to the General Accounting Office (GAO).

      A report issued this week found weaknesses remain at nearly every point of the division's system, including inadequate access controls, poorly administered and even obsolete system software, and a lack of a comprehensive security program.

      The GAO report says the Treasury has been warned of its security weaknesses since 1997.

      To read the report, go to: www.gao.gov and click on, or type in, Report No. GAO-02-317 on the GAO Reports page.




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