South Carolina – Taxpayers Exposed to Cyber Attack to Receive Protection

SALT Report 1858 – The South Carolina Department of Revenue announced that approximately 3.6 million Social Security numbers and 387,000 credit and debit card numbers have been exposed in a cyber-attack.

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley said, “On October 16, investigators uncovered two attempts to probe the system in early September, and later learned that a previous attempt was made in late August. In mid-September, two other intrusions occurred, and to the best of the Department’s knowledge, the hacker obtained data for the first time. On October 20, the vulnerability in the system was closed and, to the best of the Department’s knowledge, secured.”

The Department said that many of the exposed credit cards were encrypted and met credit card industry standards designed to protect the data and the cardholders. However, approximately 16,000 cards were unencrypted.  In an effort to protect those affected taxpayers, the state announced that it will provide one year of credit monitoring and identity theft protection.

The Department also notes that anyone who has filed a South Carolina tax return since 1998 is potentially at risk and is urged to visit or call 1- 866-578-5422 to determine if their personal information has been breached.

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South Carolina Department of Revenue – Release