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S.C. Department of Revenue Hacked, Will Provide
Credit Monitoring and Identity Theft Protection to Taxpayers
web posted October 27, 2012
STATE – The South Carolina Department
of Revenue announced Friday that approximately 3.6 million Social
Security numbers and 387,000 credit and debit card numbers have been
exposed in a cyber attack. Of the credit cards, the vast majority are
protected by strong encryption deemed sufficient under the demanding
credit card industry standards to protect the data and cardholders.
Approximately 16,000 are unencrypted.
To protect taxpayers, the state will provide those affected with one
year of credit monitoring and identity theft protection. Officials
emphasized that no public funds were accessed or put at risk.
“On October 10, the S.C. Division of Information Technology informed
the S.C. Department of Revenue of a potential cyber attack involving
the personal information of taxpayers,” said DOR Director James Etter.
“We worked with them throughout that day to determine what may have
happened and what steps to take to address the situation. We also
immediately began consultations with state and federal law enforcement
agencies and briefed the governor’s office.”
Upon the recommendation of law enforcement officials, DOR contracted
Mandiant, one of the world’s top information security companies, to
assist in the investigation, help secure the system, install new
equipment and software and institute tighter controls on access.
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. No other intrusions have been uncovered at this time.
On October 20, the vulnerability in the system was closed and, to the
best of the department’s knowledge, secured.
“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 Gov. Nikki Haley. “We are taking immediate
steps to protect the taxpayers of South Carolina, including providing
one year of credit monitoring and identity protection to those
Anyone who has filed a South Carolina tax return since 1998 is urged to
visit protectmyid.com/scdor or call 1-
866-578-5422 to determine if their information is affected. If
so, the taxpayer can immediately enroll in one year of identity
protection service provided by Experian.
Experian’s ProtectMyID™ Alert is designed to detect, protect and
resolve potential identity theft, and includes daily monitoring of all
three credit bureaus. The alerts and daily monitoring services are
provided for one year, and consumers will continue to have access to
fraud resolution agents and services beyond the first year.
In addition to the Experian service, state officials urged individuals
to consider additional steps to protect their identity and financial
review credit reports;
fraud alerts with the three credit bureaus;
• Place a
security freeze on financial and credit information with the three
If credit card information is compromised, the best protection is to
have the bank reissue the card. Anyone who has used a credit card in a
transaction with the Department of Revenue should check bank accounts
regularly to see if any unauthorized charges have occurred. If so, the
cardholder should contact the credit card issuer immediately by calling
the toll-free number located on the back of the card or on a monthly
statement, tell them what you have seen, and ask them to cancel and
reissue the card. Consumers should also change any credit card
web account passwords immediately when unauthorized charges are
“From the first moment we learned of this, our top priority has been to
protect the taxpayers and the citizens of South Carolina, and every
action we’ve taken has been consistent with that priority,” Etter said.
“We have an obligation to protect the personal information entrusted to
us, and we are redoubling our efforts to meet that obligation.”
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