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CAMPAIGN AD BLASTS GOVERNOR FOR BOTCHED RESPONSE … 

Remember the #SCHacked scandal?  It’s back …

S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley‘s self-described “Hurricane Hugo” is the subject of a new television ad from Democratic gubernatorial nominee Vincent Sheheen.

The spot – entitled “Protect” – focuses on Haley’s botched response to the 2012 theft of 3.8 million Social Security numbers, nearly 400,000 credit and debit card numbers and tax info for as many as 650,000 businesses from the S.C. Department of Revenue (SCDOR).  Perpetrated by as-yet-unidentified hackers, the weeks-long intrusion was never caught by the state – and Haley waited sixteen days to inform the public after federal authorities discovered the breach.

The governor initially claimed “there wasn’t anything where anyone in state government could have done anything” to stop the breach – and that the Palmetto State used “industry standard” data security methods.  Both of those claims turned out to be completely false.

Haley’s administration received a $20 million bailout to pay for all the costs associated with the breach – including a controversial credit monitoring deal with a firm that was later hacked itself.

Funny, huh?  Not if you’re a current or former South Carolina taxpayer …

“When hackers stole the Social Security numbers of 3.6 million South Carolinians, Haley hid it from us for over two weeks,” the ad’s narrator states.  “The biggest security breach of any state agency in history – putting our personal information at risk – and not even a warning from Haley for weeks.”

Here’s the spot …

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So …

Why did Haley delay? One widely held theory is that state officials were trying to negotiate with the cyber terrorists – although the truth behind the attack has yet to come out because Haley refuses to release a law enforcement report detailing what happened.

Viva transparency , right?

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