Florida state tax website bug exposed filers’ data

Zack Whittaker reports:

A security flaw on the Florida Department of Revenue website exposed at least hundreds of taxpayers’ Social Security numbers and bank account numbers, a security researcher found.

Kamran Mohsin said the security flaw — now fixed — allowed him, or anyone else who was logged in to the state’s business tax registration website, to access, modify and delete the personal data of business owners whose information is on file with the state’s tax authority by modifying the part of the web address that contains the taxpayers’ application number.

Read more at TechCrunch.

And if people didn’t get your data from that site, then they might have already gotten it when tax-filing sites sent your data merrily on its way to Facebook via its Meta Pixel code. As an investigation by The Markup revealed:

The sites sending the sensitive data were operated by major tax preparation services including H&R Block, TaxAct, and TaxSlayer, The Markup found. The data transmitted to Facebook in some cases included users’ income, filing status, refund amounts, and dependents’ college scholarship amounts.

Read more about THAT problem on The Markup.

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