South Carolina tax breach also affects 657k businesses

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South Carolina tax breach also affects 657k businesses

Forensic investigators probe deeper.

Forensic investigators say as many as 657,000 businesses may also have been impacted by the massive hack of the South Carolina Department of Revenue.

The new revelations exacerbate an already troubling breach, which involved the theft of 3.6 million Social Security numbers and 387,000 credit and debit card numbers from state residents.

Governor Nikki Haley declined to delve into specifics about how the breach occurred, though according to reports, the intruders were based overseas and used approved credentials to access the agency's systems in August and September.

"I don't think we're allowed to talk about that at all," Haley said, responding to a reporter's question of how the attackers were able to reach the critical data if the systems housing it were supposedly disconnected from the internet.

She later said that not every attack is preventable.

"If somebody wants to get in, they're getting in," she said.

Revenue Department director James Etter said the agency was considering shortening how long it holds on to records, from 15 years to 10 years, but said this is difficult because of things like pending criminal cases.

This article originally appeared at scmagazineus.com

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