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. Jereth

    ...I just find it odd how the governor started hawking credit protection services through the state...anyone else find that odd? O_O...I can hear the sheep now..."TAKE MY MONEY!!!"

    October 27, 2012 at 4:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Jereth

      Why would you trust them with your money if you cant trust them with handling information properly?

      October 27, 2012 at 4:27 am | Report abuse |
    • uckermanf

      I don't think you understand what they mean. More than likely, they are saying that they have made an agreement with a company like Experian or TransUnion to provide credit monitoring for free (actually, at the state's cost) to everyone who wishes to take advantage of this for some period of time (like a year). You can then sign up to be alerted for any activity that happens in your credit report. That's exactly what happened when one of the banks which serviced a previous credit card I had did when they experienced a security breach. I doubt that the state is providing the actual credit monitoring service.

      October 27, 2012 at 5:03 am | Report abuse |
  2. MagicBishop

    I wonder how the right wing media will spin this as Obama's fault next week..

    October 27, 2012 at 4:43 am | Report abuse |
    • shawn l

      lol yeah especially since their governor is republican.

      October 27, 2012 at 4:55 am | Report abuse |

    Gov. Romney knows our intelligence technology is outdated

    October 27, 2012 at 4:48 am | Report abuse |
    • OldITguy

      We have the best cyberwarfare people in the world bar none. Go do some research.

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

    WHAT WOMEN WANT: Gainful career + guiltless pregnancy management + health maintenance ---> pride + self-respect

    Obambi-poo never got it - Romney knows and has something "bigger and better" to help

    October 27, 2012 at 4:49 am | Report abuse |
  5. Michael Lee

    OK OK I GOT IT....lemme go first!!

    okay so....Obamas kenyan cousin who was trained by the soviets and bill ayers....teamed up with china to hack the credit order to outsource them overseas

    (later this Week)

    "some say Obama Relative involved in cyber attack" – Fox News

    October 27, 2012 at 4:49 am | Report abuse |
    • jackie chow


      October 27, 2012 at 4:57 am | Report abuse |
    • dondijon

      That would be His Favorite Aunt, The one who as an illegal alien facing deportation, was residing in public housing while working fo the state dept. of Social Services and had been fired from her job in an Africa Brewry for training nigerian interent scammers whom is incidentally a supposed COMPUTER IT EXPERT!!!

      October 27, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jon

    This is being orchestrated by Iran, or right-wing nut job.

    October 27, 2012 at 4:50 am | Report abuse |

    Information technology and pride of womanhood were neglected by cute obambi-poo - small plans from small mnds -gov. romney has something "bigger and better" to fix it.

    October 27, 2012 at 4:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Jimmy Joe Jim Bob

      What are you, 12 years old?

      October 27, 2012 at 5:01 am | Report abuse |

    Iran knows we have a deficit/high debt problem -–> Iran suspects our technology outdated

    October 27, 2012 at 4:52 am | Report abuse |
  9. Lisa

    Sounds like another Republican vote suppression tactic.

    October 27, 2012 at 4:53 am | Report abuse |

    Train smart women to become high-tech information and intelligence technologists ---> increase self-esteem of american womanhood and protect our nation

    October 27, 2012 at 4:54 am | Report abuse |
  11. anon

    oohhh, another attempt to push the cyber security / PIPA / SOPA / OPEN / ACTA / CIPA garbage legislation down the throats of Americans. Our government should protect it's own stuff and GTFO the rest of our business, PERIOD. They won't though, they want full access and will get it. I can't wait to heal what all the Dems say when in 4 years we wake up with Obama running for his 3rd term.

    October 27, 2012 at 4:55 am | Report abuse |
    • OldITguy

      Do you not realize that most of our important infrastructure, electrical, gas, etc., are owned and operated by private companies. Their IT security is questionable and varies from company to company. Enforcing compliance to a security baseline and following mandated best practices is the only way to insure that the appropriate levels of security are maintained. This can be very expensive. Money is tight. Where and how do we act? Do we do nothing and hope they will invest in their security and very possibly have the electric grid taken out? The Fed Gov does have the best IT capabilities in the world bar none. Perhaps the govt could help these companies reach compliance by sharing expertise and helping them to improve their capabilities without forcing costs upon them? oh wait, this administration already did that...

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

    Old WWII slogan - "women can do!" Posters of women with biceps - let's not take it that far though - behind successful men are strong and respected women

    October 27, 2012 at 4:56 am | Report abuse |

    female technologists are better than men at blocking cyber intruders -- it's that right versus left side brain thing

    October 27, 2012 at 5:00 am | Report abuse |
    • OldITguy

      please go take your meds.. 🙂

      October 27, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Kiss_Me_Im_A_Democrat

    Romney is totally unprepared to deal with this. He probably doesn't even have a computer.

    October 27, 2012 at 5:01 am | Report abuse |

      romney has something ahead of our time-something much bigger - just what women want

      October 27, 2012 at 5:06 am | Report abuse |

    men who know how to treat women right get treated back even better - obambi-poo never knew what romney knows - obambi-poo doesn't have what romney has - makes women smile 🙂

    October 27, 2012 at 5:04 am | Report abuse |
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