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By SecureWorld News Team
Fri | Feb 10, 2017 | 10:32 AM PST

An internal watchdog from the State Department says the refugee database is vulnerable to hackers.

Fox News explains:

As the debate over President Trump’s order suspending refugee admissions intensifies, Fox News has learned of another potential vulnerability in the system: the State Department refugee database has been susceptible to hacking for years.

The State Department internal watchdog, back in December 2016, sent a "classified management alert" regarding ongoing IT security vulnerabilities in the system. Two months later, the inspector general  released a related unclassified report, "Inspection of the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration."

"It's very unusual for action to be taken by the inspector general before the final report is reviewed by the bureau that's under investigation," former U.N. ambassador and Fox News contributor John Bolton explained. "The fact that an alert was sent before that was completed indicates that they believed it was very serious."

In the wake of the alert, the inspector general reported that the worldwide refugee admissions processing system, or "WRAPS," had been running -- for years -- without a clean bill of health for IT security, so there were no guarantees the data was reliable.

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