In the biggest data compromise of the year, Social Security Numbers (SSN) belonging to about 3.6 million residents in South Carolina have been exposed in an intrusion into a computer at the state’s Department of Revenue.
Another 387,000 credit and debit card numbers were also exposed in the September attack, the state Department of Revenue said in a statement Friday. However, out of that number only about 16,000 of the credit and debit cards were unencrypted, the department added. The SSNs, meanwhile, do not appear to have been encrypted.
Anyone who has filed a South Carolina tax since 1998 has been impacted by the breach and will be offered one year of identity protection service from Experian. The service includes a $1 million identity theft insurance policy. (The state department has set up a Web page with contact information for people to call.)
“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,” South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley said in the statement. “We are taking immediate steps to protect the taxpayers of South Carolina, including providing one year of credit monitoring and identity protection to those affected.” (Read More)