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[ISN] Delayed software updates leave IRS computers prone to hackers, auditors say
By Jack Moore
Thousands of IRS computers could be prone to cyber intruders because
officials aren't updating software in a timely manner, according to a
report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.
Because hackers often exploit glitches in existing software to gain
access to systems, software manufacturers frequently release patches, or
fixes, for these bugs once they've been discovered.
Large organizations, such as the IRS, employ a process called patch
management to stay on top of when software needs to be updated and to
install the patches.
While it sounds mundane, leaving software unpatched is one of the main
avenues through which hackers access normally protected systems.
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