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.