South Carolinians' Credit, I.D. Data Hacked; Millions Affected

The breach into South Carolina’s taxpayer information – including Social Security numbers and credit and debit card numbers – was serious enough to prompt state officials to take  “unprecedented” action.
About 3.6 million Social Security numbers and 387,000 credit and debit card numbers have been exposed, officials said.
The affected South Carolinians will be provided one year of credit monitoring and identity theft protection.
“The number of records breached requires an unprecedented, large-scale response by the Department of Revenue, the State of South Carolina and all our citizens,” said South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley.
In a press release, state officials explained that on October 10 the Division of Information Technology informed the state’s Department of Revenue of a potential cyber attack involving the personal information of taxpayers.
In mid-September and in late August, a total of three  hacker intrusions occurred.
On October 20, “the vulnerability in the system was closed and, to the best of the department’s knowledge, secured,” officials said.
Anyone who has filed a South Carolina tax return since 1998 is urged to visit or call 1- 866-578-5422 to determine if their information is affected.

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