Hundreds of Social Security numbers on the website for the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation website could have been compromised while victims' homestead tax rebate applications were transfered to a secure server.How many victims?
About 900.What happened?
The application system lacked a necessary security certificate used to ensure a secure, encrypted connection.Details:
Officials doubt anyone gained access to the sensitive information because the data was left exposed for only a short period of time, and hackers would have had to target the site. The site was shut down for about two days last week.Quote:
"While it is technically possible there was some sort of compromise, it is logistically unfeasible." - Tim Brooks, associate director in charge of software development at Towson University's Regional Economic Studies Institute, which manages the state's web-based tax-application system.Source:
washingtontimes.com, The Washington Times
, "Taxpayer data exposed online
," Jan. 4.