The U.S. Government Accountability Office took the FDIC to task Friday for failing to improve the security of sensitive data on its computer systems.

"The FDIC has implemented numerous information security controls intended to protect its key financial systems; nevertheless, weaknesses place the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of financial systems and information at unnecessary risk," the government watchdog found.

The GAO praised the bank regulator for having adopted 28 of 39 previously recommended steps to improve its data security systems, but reiterated that the remaining 11 left the agency vulnerable to hacking and data theft.

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