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Haley: Report on hacking could come by end of week

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A Social Security card is displayed on a table. (File/FOX Carolina) A Social Security card is displayed on a table. (File/FOX Carolina)
COLUMBIA, SC (FOX Carolina) -

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said results of the Department of Revenue hacking investigation could come by the end of this week.

Haley spoke Tuesday afternoon at the State House in Columbia, initially announcing the appointment to the Department of Insurance. But questions quickly turned to the SCDOR hacking investigation.

"We have heard back and forth on why were things 'drip drip dripped,'" said Haley, referring to the information that's trickled out since the state revealed 3.8 million taxpayers had their social security numbers compromised after officials found a hacker had breached the Department of Revenue's computer network.

"I had two options as your governor and that was either retain all the information until I had it all, which would still be sitting, or tell you as I know," Haley said.

The information that has come out is either updating, or sometimes contradicting what was originally thought to have happened. But Haley said Tuesday that she hopes the report from security company Mandiant will clear up any confusion.

"I think we've given them a good amount of time. I think they've done great work. And I think the information that is starting to come back that they can come back about. It may be a preliminary report, but I still think you need to see the preliminary report," she said.

At a symposium hosted by state treasurer Curtis Loftis in Columbia, a security expert said that the Secret Service likely found out about the Department of Revenue data breach after seeing the hacked information available for sale online.

Haley told reporters Tuesday afternoon that she could not confirm that information, as it is a part of the ongoing investigation.

The state has set up a year of daily monitoring of the three credit bureaus and a lifetime of over-the-phone help on resolving identity theft after it happens. 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.

Haley said Wednesday 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.

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