IRS Announces Data Sharing Agreement with Nigerian Prince
April 1, 2016
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen today shared details of a new agreement he negotiated over e-mail to share data on over 150 million taxpayers to improve data security.
“The IRS will provide key data on American taxpayers to their data review and security team, which includes several Nigerian princes and financial security expert Marie-Antoinette Mobutu, widow of former Zairean dictator Mobutu Sese Seko,” Koskinen said. “They’ll review the data and then send us recommendations on how to improve our security.”
The IRS has come under fire recently after a series of data security breaches and lapses, such as the “Get Transcript” breach that resulted in cybercriminals stealing private tax information from 724,000 taxpayers and the “E-Pin” breach where 101,000 taxpayers had private information stolen. The IRS has yet to act on the recommendations of the Tax Foundation to improve their website data security.
“As soon as I got the e-mail offering us huge windfalls, I knew the Nigerian Prince was the person to help us,” Koskinen said. “We just have to send them money first so they can get started.”