State Employee's Stolen Password Led to South Carolina Tax Department Breach; State Was Not Encrypting Taxpayer Info

The hacker also pilfered 3.3 million unencrypted bank account numbers, 5,000 expired credit card numbers, and personally identifiable information of some 1.9 million dependents. The state will notify those whose data were breached by mail and is paying $12 million in identity protection services for taxpayers.


What's amazing is tha the state was not encrypting taxpayer data, according to a report on the breach.

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