MORE THAN 650,000 BUSINESSES AFFECTED BY MASSIVE SECURITY BREACH
South Carolina’s massive data security breach is far worse than Gov. Nikki Haley’s office originally acknowledged – and poses a far greater threat to the Palmetto State’s economy than initially disclosed.
After Haley’s administration claimed that no business tax information had been compromised during the unprecedented heist, officials revealed this week that data affecting more than 650,000 businesses was also part of the hack that stole 3.6 million Social Security numbers and nearly 400,000 credit and debit card numbers.
In other words the hackers – believed to be part of a sophisticated Eastern European crime syndicate – made off with everything.
Hackers infiltrated South Carolina’s cyber security “defenses” beginning on August 27 of this year – an unprecedented breach that state officials never detected. In fact wasn’t until October 10 that federal law enforcement officials alerted the state that its data had been compromised – and it was another sixteen days until Haley alerted the public.
Since the hack, Haley has claimed that “nothing could have been done” to stop it … although in almost the very same breath she acknowledged that “holes” in the state’s security had since been filled. Haley’s claims that the state used “industry standard” protection measures have also been debunked.