facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search

Cyberattack leaves millions vulnerable

Oct. 30, 2012 at 9:41 AM   |   Comments

COLUMBIA, S.C., Oct. 30 (UPI) -- A cyberattack on the South Carolina Department of Revenue has provided hackers with the Social Security numbers of 3.6 million taxpayers, officials revealed.

Data security experts said the breach could allow crooks to take over bank accounts, file for bogus tax refunds or obtain fraudulent loans, The State of Columbia, S.C. reported Tuesday.

"This is about the worst you can get," said Avivah Litan, an identity theft analyst with the information technology research group Gartner.

Rick Holland of Forrester Research said if he were a resident of South Carolina, he'd be "pretty concerned."

The South Carolina Senate Finance Committee scheduled a hearing Tuesday to question the director of the Revenue Department about the security breach that originated from an overseas location.

Gov. Nikki Haley said it is not known if the hackers obtained more than unencrypted Social Security numbers.

"To tell you now would be guessing," Haley said Monday.

The state has hired Experian, a California-based firm, to provide theft protection for taxpayers.

Topics: Nikki Haley
© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
One cop issued 80 percent of the marijuana tickets in Seattle this year
2
Oklahoma shook by three earthquakes in less than 48 hours
3
Army receives first advanced CH-47F helicopter variant
4
Comic-Con cosplayer sexually assaulted, beaten and left in gutter
5
Utah man teaches 'homophones', fired for promoting gay agenda
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback