Millions of taxpayers in the U.S. state of South Carolina are now at risk after a reported incident in which a hacker breached data for 3.6 million citizens from the state’s Department of Revenue.

Some the information had been left notably unencrypted and pertained to those filing taxes within the state since 1998.

In response to the incident, the SC Department of Revenue signaled that it would provide identity theft protection along with credit monitoring to taxpayers.

“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,”commented Governor Nikki Haley.

Security firm Sophos reported the incident was thought to have occurred August 27th. The delay in reporting the attack, meanwhile, could draw criticism.

South Carolina taxpayers are asked to visit or dial 1-866-578-5422 to see if their data was affected. - (Ping! Zine Tech Magazine)

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

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