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Haley: Information of 657K businesses may be compromised

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South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said Wednesday that the information of 657,000 business in the state may have been compromised during a hacking attack at the South Carolina Department of Revenue.

Haley announced Friday that a hacker with an international IP address hacked into state Department of Revenue files containing tax records submitted since 1998, which resulted in the theft of 3.6 million Social Security numbers.

State Law Enforcement Division Director Mark Keel said state officials learned of the problem Oct. 10 although the hacker may have gotten into the files as early as August.

On Tuesday, the governor announced that the information of LLCs may have also been accessed during the cyber attack.

Haley said that Dun and Bradstreet Credibility Corp. will offer free credit-monitoring service to any businesses affected by the hacking case. She said the businesses can sign up for the service at dandb.com/sc or by calling 800-279-9881 beginning at 8 a.m. Friday.

Also during Wednesday's press conference, Haley reacted to the news of a class-action lawsuit being filed by a Spartanburg man against the governor and the state tax agency. The Hawkins Law Firm announced the lawsuit filed in Richland County that accuses Haley and the state tax agency of failing to protect the citizens of South Carolina, and violating a state law that requires prompt disclosure of breaches.

"There is always a trial lawyer with a hand out and a tissue in any crisis," Haley responded when asked about the lawsuit.

John Hawkins, the attorney handling the lawsuit, told FOX Carolina that the action does not seek money damages at this time, but instead seeks to get answers from leaders as to how and why the hacking occurred.

Since the hacking, officials have announced that anyone whose information was compromised is eligible for a year of free credit-monitoring service and a lifetime of fraud resolution insurance.

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.

"This has been a frustrating experience for me," Haley said near the end of Wednesday's news conference.

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