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Latest On Hack: State Sued, Businesses to Be Protected

State has partnered with Dun & Bradstreet to protect companies that have been or may be victimized by hack.

UPDATED 1:12 P.M. Thursday - to include information about capped payouts from state agencies.*

In the fourth press conference since it was announced that the South Carolina Department of Revenue's (DOR) records had been breached, Gov. Nikki Haley announced a partnership between the state and Dun & Bradstreet, a business credit reporting agency.

Haley also dismissed the merits of a class action lawsuit by Spartanburg attorney John Hawkins, filed as a result of the breach (see attached document).

She called the suit "nothing more than a lawyer with a handout."

Hawkins ran for State Senate in District 10 earlier this year, but lost to incumbent Lee Bright, who was endorsed by Haley.

Even if the lawsuit were successful, the Associated Press reports that payouts from a suit against a state agency are capped at $600,000.*

As far as the breach itself, information continues to become available on a daily basis and Haley said she plans to continue providing updates to the public as she sees fit.

During Jim Etter said that some businesses may have had their information compromised by the same computer hacker who is believed to have accessed 3.6 million personal records.

Shortly after the hacking was announced last Friday, Haley said that individuals will receive free credit protection for a year from Experion. On Wednesday, she announced that Dun & Bradstreet will provide the same service to businesses. Experion may end up billing the state $12 million, while Dun & Bradstreet is not charging the state. It's not known how many businesses were affected by the breach, but Haley said the number could be as high as 657,000.

Starting on Friday at 8 a.m., businesses can sign up at DandB.com/sc or by calling 800-279-9881.

Haley said that so far more than 600,000 individuals have visited the Experion site and more than 418,000 have signed up for the credit monitoring service.

The governor also said she will meet with her Cabinet on Thursday to find more ways to reach the public regarding the breach. One of the primary criticisms by senators at the Finance Committee hearing was that the DOR had not been more aggressive in notifying and working with potential victims.

During the Finance Committee hearing, Sen. Phil Leventis (D - Sumter) wondered if anyone would lose their job over the breach. Haley told reporters on Wednesday that no one would be fired because of the crisis, saying that nothing could have been done to prevent it.

Individuals seeking credit protection should contact: 866-578-5422 or protectmyid.com/scdor and enter the passcode scdor123.

Marlene November 02, 2012 at 11:03 AM
Everyone needs to close your checking accounts, and reopen...... There is know way around it! No protection against checking accounts.
Marlene November 02, 2012 at 11:05 AM
And checking account numbers........
GunnyHighway November 02, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Industry computer security experts debunk Haley's statements in this article: http://www.darkreading.com/database-security/167901020/security/news/240012646/lies-we-tell-our-ceos-about-database-security.html The bottom line is that either she's lying to us on purpose, or she's just plain stupid.
brenda price December 13, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Signed up for the monitoring service and the day this article was published my bank account was hacked for $845 from a company called GUMTREE COM in the UK. Bank is investigating it but will take 10 business days for my money to get back into my account. Well goes to say, my rent has not been paid, nor any bills for this month. Emailed Consumer Affairs and they will not respond. So how is this helping.? This is causing a lot of grief in my life and all I see is more money going into the DOR. What about the people that has or will be affected by these hackers? Step up Haley and do better!
Frank Dougherty January 05, 2013 at 01:41 AM
Just wanted to say I appreciate your comments; they are right on the money. I understand there is an opening as director of the DOR--of course you would be working under the Governor (so to speak.)

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