Few answers so far in SCDOR hacking investigation - FOX Carolina 21

Few answers so far in SCDOR hacking investigation

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The question is simple, but the answer is not.

The question: What happened?

The answer: It's still being sorted out.

"What we do know is this was no simple breach," said Gov. Nikki Haley at a press conference Tuesday relating to the hacking of the South Carolina Department of Revenue's computers. "This was no issue with someone within the agency. This was no hole that was within the Department of Revenue. This was nothing that something was left open by an employee."

But increasingly, lawmakers are wanting answers to those questions. The answers they say they've gotten so far have either been vague, or none at all.

State Sen. Glenn Reese, a Democrat of Spartanburg County, said Tuesday night that he's been searching for answers as well, but has come up empty. He thinks there might be a reason.

"I think it was vague, and I think they might be keeping it vague on purpose to try to run down the culprits," said Reese.

Reese was at Tuesday afternoon's Senate Finance Committee meeting in Columbia, looking into what happened. But Reese said another question was raised at the meeting - whether or not other agencies could have the same vulnerabilities that the Department of Revenue had.

"The thought came out from one of the members who asked the question about being diligent and all other agencies being secure," said Reese.

Lawmakers say with the lack of answers, there are many hypotheticals out in the open right now, and it seems now one knows how massive this breach is just yet - not even the head of the state Department of Revenue.

When asked why the breached information was on the Internet and not in a secure place this afternoon, Department of Revenue head Jim Etter said, "(A firm we hired) is looking at it. Once we have the final report, we'll get back with you at that time."

To set up identity monitoring, the state is working with Experian. People are asked to visit protectmyid.com/scdor and enter code SCDOR123 or call 1-866-578-5422 to determine if their Social Security number was accessed.

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