3.6 million Social Security numbers hacked in S.C.
Lovely. It seems my state did a bad job of protecting themselves from hackers. While it would be easy for me to criticize them at least they were wise enough to hire Mandiant to clean up the mess. They also took responsibility and provided free credit monitoring. If live in South Carolina and have paid taxes between 1998 and now you should immediately get credit monitoring. You should also have your Credit/Debit cards replaced.
The U.S. Secret Service detected a security breach at the S.C. Department of Revenue on Oct. 10, but it took state officials 10 days to close the attacker’s access and another six days to inform the public that 3.6 million Social Security numbers had been compromised.
The attack also exposed 387,000 credit and debit card numbers. The stolen data included other information people file with their tax returns such as names and addresses. Businesses’ taxpayer identification numbers also potentially have been comprised in the attack that is being described as one of the nation’s largest against a state agency.