Another SC Data Breach

It’s happened again … A year after the massive #SCHacked scandal – in which S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley’s Revenue Department coughed up 3.8 million Social Security numbers, 3.3 million bank account numbers, tax info for more than 650,000 businesses and nearly 400,000 credit and debit card numbers – another state…

It’s happened again …

A year after the massive #SCHacked scandal – in which S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley’s Revenue Department coughed up 3.8 million Social Security numbers, 3.3 million bank account numbers, tax info for more than 650,000 businesses and nearly 400,000 credit and debit card numbers – another state agency has suffered a data breach.

The S.C. Health Insurance Pool (SCHIP) – created by state lawmakers in 1997 to help Palmetto State residents who are “unable to obtain health insurance because of a medical condition” – has coughed up its data to an unknown thief.

According to computer coder Chris Meller’s blog, a laptop owned by an independent auditing firm under contract with SCHIP was stolen on October 16, 2013 from an employee’s car.

“(An) SCHIP investigation found that the laptop contained an unspecified number of subscriber records, including: Social Security Number, last name, first and middle initials, dates of service, and provider identification numbers,” Meller reports.

SCHIP – which is administered by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina under the auspices of the S.C. Department of Insurance (a Haley cabinet agency) – failed to notify its subscribers of the breach until December 18.

That’s eerily reminiscent of Haley’s delayed response to #SCHacked – a case which has yet to be solved (and which continues to cost South Carolina taxpayers millions of dollars).

When did Haley’s administration first learn of the SCHIP breach?  No one knows … although FITS is filing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with Haley’s Insurance Department in an effort to get to the bottom of this latest data debacle.

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idcydm December 28, 2013 at 9:16 am

I never use to get much spam, until I started posting on this site.

GrandTango December 28, 2013 at 9:19 am

And FITS even told (in his post my location) I guess from reading my IP address…yet he’s bit*#ing about Cyber snooping and security breaches…

NSA December 28, 2013 at 1:13 pm

I must have missed that one. So, what rock did Fits disclose?

Karl December 28, 2013 at 3:48 pm

I told your location because you troll too much :)

GrandTango December 28, 2013 at 8:05 pm

So you only try to intimidate people, with a cyber breach, when you hate them….Very Hitler-esque…or is it KGB…???

euwe max December 29, 2013 at 10:49 am

What have you got to hide? Are you growing pot in your guest room? Do you have illegal firearms? Are there warrants for your arrest? Are you a “person of interest” in a recent murder? Are you a registered sex offender? Are you harboring a fugitive? Are you a member of a hate group? Do you owe child support?

Where you are isn’t as invasive as “filtering words” is it?

Enquiring minds want to know.

GrandTango December 29, 2013 at 4:29 pm

You eerily and so well represent the all-consuming nature of a corrupt dictatorship. You manifest as being insane and you must control everything, or you can steal nothing.

You are scary because your brethren own the White House and you hate our country and the good people who ‘build’ it.

euwe max December 29, 2013 at 5:51 pm
GrandTango December 29, 2013 at 6:11 pm

Just like a vacant-minded liberal idiot. You have to post some rambling song to represent yourself…because you’re too F*^#in stupid to own an authentic voice…

euwe max December 29, 2013 at 6:20 pm

More authentic than authentic is my motto.

1. Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
let me hide myself in thee;
let the water and the blood,
from thy wounded side which flowed,
be of sin the double cure;
save from wrath and make me pure.

2. Not the labors of my hands
can fulfill thy law’s commands;
could my zeal no respite know,
could my tears forever flow,
all for sin could not atone;
thou must save, and thou alone.

3. Nothing in my hand I bring,
simply to thy cross I cling;
naked, come to thee for dress;
helpless, look to thee for grace;
foul, I to the fountain fly;
wash me, Savior, or I die.

4. While I draw this fleeting breath,
when mine eyes shall close in death,
when I soar to worlds unknown,
see thee on thy judgment throne,
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
let me hide myself in thee.

Slartibartfast December 29, 2013 at 9:32 pm

Nifty Anglican tune, that.

Karl December 29, 2013 at 11:35 pm

this conversation is lolsies

Slartibartfast December 30, 2013 at 3:45 pm

Well, we do what we can..

euwe max December 29, 2013 at 11:55 pm

just some liberal, rambling song to represent myself.

Yoga Mistress December 29, 2013 at 6:25 pm

Here’s one for you GT:

The stronger your beliefs are, the less open you are to growth and wisdom, because “strength of belief” is only the intensity with which you resist questioning yourself. As soon as you are proud of a belief, as soon as you think it adds something to who you are, then you’ve made it a part of your ego. Listen to any “die-hard” conservative or liberal talk about their deepest beliefs and you are listening to somebody who will never hear what you say on any matter that matters to them — unless you believe the same.

Now, go scream into a pillow.

GrandTango December 29, 2013 at 7:02 pm

I’m open to growth Dumb@$$…you need to open your mind to TRUTH…
I think the idiots on the Obama @$$-Kissing team think you can ‘Dialogue’ corruption until it’s acceptable…and then force it on off of us. You are a big F*@Kin Failure. There is NO debate about that. Look at the economy or Obamacare….admit that..and STFU….

Yoga Tank Top Sage December 30, 2013 at 1:00 am

Thanks for the example. I know you and the hard lefties hate the truth…Oh, no surprise here.

Slartibartfast December 29, 2013 at 9:34 pm

It is always good to keep an open mind, but what happens when you stumble onto the truth? What then? Do you still pretend not to know? Or is there no absolute?

euwe max December 30, 2013 at 12:03 am

an open mind cannot exist in the presence of truth. Just ask Grand Tango – it’s the unstoppable object meeting the unmovable one.

Karl January 8, 2014 at 8:55 am

wasn’t ip address and could have been done with tor.

euwe max January 8, 2014 at 9:31 am

You .. you mean… his paranoia is based on… on.. nothing?

That means… he’s genuinely afraid that everyday events are a deep plot with him as the starring character?

BrigidBernadette December 30, 2013 at 8:25 am

I come here specifically for Grand Tango. Without him, and a few others–Jay Ellington, Corruption in Columbia–this place would be nothing but libs.

Scooter December 28, 2013 at 6:08 pm

That is the truth

GrandTango December 28, 2013 at 9:17 am

Do you Dumb@$$@#$ REALLY want to go down this road again???

What KILLS you democrats….not one, single record has been used to compromise a South Carolinian……in fact: I’ve gotten two years of FREE Identity protection for my whole family…at the GOVERNMENT’s expense. Instead of Welfare, I get some of my money back…

So you insufferable @$$-Holes really got your @$$ kicked on the last Security-breach “Scandal”…What an idiot to bark again….

Sarah Palin Forever! December 28, 2013 at 10:17 am

Slopping at the public trough ,eh?

Just like a Republican.

Smirks December 28, 2013 at 1:34 pm

The previous data breach is so insignificant, SC is still paying for continued ID theft monitoring. Great deduction there, Sherlock. Got any more gems for us?

Derp December 28, 2013 at 2:54 pm

Enjoying your FREE assistance from the gov’t I see.

Ricky Naley December 28, 2013 at 10:30 am

Haley and the teenagers have starved off the basic core functions of state government by running off the good IT people over pay and pension changes and have no clue to the basic understanding of Information Security.

Smirks December 28, 2013 at 1:32 pm

We get what we vote for, unfortunately.

Hugh December 30, 2013 at 7:26 am

Haley wont care, that is till she gets back form vacations. It is difficult to worry about security breeches while flying around on private jets and partying like a “rock star.:

Elliott December 30, 2013 at 7:34 am

Haley takes credit for every job created in SC. She never takes blame when jobs go away.

She takes credit when government programs run well. She never takes credit when they go wrong.

it is a pattern that is allowed by the SC Press Corp that has traded thier honor for ease of a story and friendship with the powerful people they are supposed to cover.

sctanker December 28, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Ummmm…An Employee Of An Auditing Firm Had A Company Laotop Stolen From His Car. Yes, The Company Was Contracted By A State Agency, But It Is The governor’s Fault?

Okay, I Get It That The Governor Is Responsible For What State Agencies DUmmmo…But Responsible For Individual Stupid Human Tricks Of A Contractor’s Employee? Come, On! This Is Like Holding Obama Responsible For The Individual Actions Of Blackwater Contractors In Iraq. Haley Derrangement Syndrome Is What Makes Fitts News Irrelevant.

Bill December 28, 2013 at 12:41 pm

She is responsible because security protocols such as access limitations, up to date encryption, tokens, complex passcode, etc, have never been a concern for her.
The Haley administration is interested in politics, raising money, financial profit and partying. Perhaps she will one day utilize her talents and office for the people of SC, but until then we will continue to be a governmental backwater.

CNSYD December 28, 2013 at 10:01 pm

Captain Reneau is shocked to learn that a politician is interested in politics and raising money.

Smirks December 28, 2013 at 1:40 pm

Remember, the state dictates what security measures a firm must use when doing work for the state. We can dictate that not only do they encrypt the information, but demand they show us that it is indeed being done. We should have strong security measures regardless of part time, temporary, permanent, or contract employees, or anyone that has access to sensitive information outside of state government payroll that is working on behalf of the state.

Also, keep in mind that this is well enough after the SCDoR incident that the state should have been locking up its butthole tighter than a constipated nun.

Haley isn’t the only one to blame, but she is to blame, and the only one We the People can fire.

nitrat December 28, 2013 at 5:08 pm

She is responsible because that is how Brad Warthen and The State told us it would work when all our agencies were managed by the governor.
In fact, they said that’s the ONLY way for anyone to ever be accountable in state government.
Kinda dumb, aren’t they?

Alan December 28, 2013 at 5:22 pm

Brad Warthan never had a good idea in his life. Warmed over, pseudo lib, wanna be intelligent BS was all he had and he delivered it poorly.

The publisher from that rag is off to somewhere up north. Thank God.

But please, how do we get rid of that high school wanna be Cindi Ross Scoppeeeeee? Makes me wanna gag when I see her.

That newspaper has help Columbia back for decades.

Been there done that. December 28, 2013 at 12:36 pm

Blue Cross Blue Shield owns the Governor. Look at their contributions to her campaign and her charity. This will be blamed on an employee or subcontractor. Haley nor Blue Cross will take the hit.

Beachtiger0412 December 28, 2013 at 12:46 pm

Nikki Haley is a sad excuse for a governor. Can;t wait until she is replaced

Smirks December 28, 2013 at 1:35 pm

Hope you’re ready to wait until 2018, because that’s when SC will be legally forced to make a (hopefully) smarter decision.

fatalbert2013 December 31, 2013 at 11:01 am

good luck with that

Sam December 30, 2013 at 1:20 pm

The voters should follow Will’s lead and dump Nikki.

Smirks December 28, 2013 at 1:31 pm

Stolen laptop? Oh, well, no biggie, I mean the data was encrypted, right? I mean, it isn’t like a sitting governor tried to insinuate that nobody encrypts information, therefore the state shouldn’t, right?

Well, shit.

On the bright side, it was probably some crack-addled hobo trying to hock it at a pawn shop for drug money.

chrismeller December 28, 2013 at 11:01 pm

Per the letter SCHIP sent out (I just happened to get one as a former subscriber who was included in the breach), the auditors found out about the breach on October 17th and notified SCHIP on October 21st. Why no one else was notified until two months later is anyone’s guess.

I’ve already filed a FOIA request with the DOI asking for details. They claim not to have any information and haven’t told me who would yet. I plan to follow up again on Monday.

Carpe Jugulum December 29, 2013 at 9:05 pm

Did we pay a ransom tis time?

Slartibartfast December 29, 2013 at 9:47 pm

Does anyone else find it ironic that the people who have less to offer in the way of ill-gotten gains – having been saved from destitution by the SCHIP Law – are the ones whose numbers have been stolen?

dm10ae December 30, 2013 at 2:40 am

Governor needs replacing, not sure by whom, but needs replacing, blonds shouldn’t be the brunt of jokes when a brunette has the same attributes.


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