South Carolina Taxpayer Info Hacked
So you can take steps to protect yourself and your business, you need to know that the South Carolina Department of Revenue computer systems have been hacked. The hacker stole information including 3.6 million. Social Security numbers and nearly 400,000 credit and debit card numbers. Investigators are still trying to determine what other information might have been stolen and from what types of returns. Officials said they have beefed up data security and are continuing an investigation.
South Carolina is offering free credit monitoring and identity protection to all affected taxpayers. Anyone who filed a South Carolina tax return since 1998 can call 1-866-578-5422 to learn whether they are affected and, if so, enroll in the protection. On the web, taxpayers can go to protectmyid.com/scdor
and use the authorization code scdor123. The service includes a free credit report; daily monitoring of all three major credit bureaus, with alerts of any suspicious activity; and $1 million in insurance against identity theft.
Click here to read the SCDOR press release about the cyber attack
Identity Theft Information Links
Identity Theft Resource Center, Nonprofit Organization
Federal Trade Commission Identity Theft Web Site