South Carolina taxpayer server hacked, 3.6 million Social Security numbers compromised
October 26th, 2012
07:56 PM ET

South Carolina taxpayer server hacked, 3.6 million Social Security numbers compromised

The Social Security numbers of millions of South Carolinians, as well as credit and debit card information for hundreds of thousands, have been hacked in what the state's governor described Friday as an international cyberattack.

"This is not a good day for South Carolina," Gov. Nikki Haley told reporters.

The governor explained that a "server that warehouses all our taxpayer information was breached and taxpayer information was stolen."

The state's Department of Revenue explained in a press release that it first learned of a possible breach on October 10, after which the state contracted information security firm Mandiant to conduct an investigation.

The "hole" in the system was closed October 20. Over the next several days, state authorities determined that more than 3.6 million Social Security numbers may have been affected. So, too, were 387,000 credit card numbers - though only 16,000 of those were unencrypted.

On Friday, state officials laid out efforts to determine what happened and protect the personal information of taxpayers. While noting that not everyone had their information breached, Haley urged everyone who filed a tax return in South Carolina from 1998 through now to take advantage of credit protection services being offered by the state.

"While we now have it protected, we want to make sure that everybody understands that our state will respond with a big, large-scale plan that is somewhat unprecedented to take care of this problem," the governor said.

soundoff (340 Responses)
  1. GaryOwen27

    Yet another government run by the Red Neck Right is unprepared. Never let this happen to you.

    October 27, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Charlie

    Any programmer, I/T chief, and CEO of an organization that has credit card, ssn, or other personal information that fails to encrypt every byte of that data needs to be jailed

    October 27, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. CaesarXIII

    Does our government understand that our cyber security is a complete joke?

    October 27, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. David

    Igbarn, the ssn may have been issued in Mississippi but that person may now be a South Carolina taxpayer.

    October 27, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ElDestroyer

    Yes, it was. Thanks for the new TV.

    October 27, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. 2012marandalaw

    I hope you take care of this problem..Once and For All...

    October 27, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. honest abe

    Nikki Haley: "our state will respond with a BIG, LARGE SCALE PLAN that is somewhat unprecedented to take care of this problem,
    -She sounds like Sarah Palin. a big large scale plan... LOL

    October 27, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jean Sartre

    That's exactly what happens when you put a Republican, low forehead like Gov. Nikki Haley in charge of a Southern state!

    She's out campaigning for Walker, Willard and Lyin' Ryan, while the state's security crumbles into NOTHING!

    Good Show!

    October 27, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. BostonBob

    Pretty funny after the state outsourced most of its IT to Indian based firms. Perhaps this will cause folks to re-examine the policy of using the cheapest offshore vendor.

    October 27, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. L

    So, 1998 what if I live somewhere else now, and not a resident of sc is sc pay for me, the governor should do something for the people that got hacked, 1 year of free monitoring isn't good enough, he'll their just wait you out, do some kind of block on the SSN/etc for life, you didn't protect the info, ex. real easy anyone trying to use a SC SSN to open/close accounts should not be allow to into the true ID is valid, so anyone outside the state or country will have to come back to sc or get a family member for proof of ID, boy, or went on the website and they want your name, mailing address, SSN, mother's maiden name, with all this info there goes ME, SC has to have a better idea then this, really! don't know if I can trust the website they want else to used, trust the sc gov once now have trust them again, dam should have no move back to this state, good luck people

    October 27, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • JohnD

      Well that was painful to try to read.

      October 27, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Suzy

      Texting and driving, are we?

      October 27, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Buck

      What did you just say?

      October 27, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darth Mortis

      And No Child Left Behind claims another victim.

      October 27, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
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    October 27, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Islam = terror

      Boycott and tariff China.

      October 27, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. hmmm

    well, congrats to the hacker/ hackers. This will look good on you resume! You're better than the present security at which you hacked... You're Hired!!

    Then when you get hired.... Get a real life!!!! 😛

    October 27, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Yukon Jack

    So ... What are other states doing to protect this type of information ?

    October 27, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  14. mm

    Nikki Haley has known about this for going on a MONTH now...Why in the heck did she not tell the people of her state before now....and she still hasn't laid out a consistent coherent course of action for South Carolinians to follow to protect themselves.

    Nikki Haley isn't fit to be waiting tables at the local IHOP.

    October 27, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Loubies

      You should try living here. She requires all state employees to answer the phones with "It's a great day in South Carolina". And that's the most sane thing she's done.

      October 27, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. bluemountain

    surprising no nutjobs are blaming Obama here. He's actually trying to invest in anti-cyberterrorism.

    October 27, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
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