After hearing that the IRS website was the target of a phishing exploit, I had to frown. The IRS is using URL forwarding on its Govbenefits.gov website (the name of which is an oxymoron in itself), and phishers are taking advantage of the fact to forward folks to their own scam sites.
I have always had good experiences with the IRS (which is an easy task if you don’t cheat). But reputations precede themselves, and if your organization lacks accountablility to its patrons, there is no reason to think too long and hard about the consequences of your decisions. Maybe phishers figured that if the IRS is cavorting with Choicepoint, there just HAVE to be some holes in their systems.