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STATE TREASURER HOSTING FORUM IN WAKE OF REVENUE DEPARTMENT BREACH

In the wake of an unprecedented breach of the Palmetto State’s cyber security apparatus, S.C. State Treasurer Curtis Loftis is convening a panel of experts later this month in an effort to batten down the hatches and keep public information better protected.

Loftis was organizing the confab prior to the massive breach at the S.C. Department of Revenue (SCDOR), but the event has suddenly taken on an added sense of urgency.

In what appears to be the worst case of state-level hacking ever perpetrated, more than 3.6 million Social Security numbers, nearly 400,000 debit and credit card numbers and tax information for as many as 650,000 businesses were obtained by hackers from the S.C. Department of Revenue (SCDOR). South Carolina officials never detected the breach – which began on August 27.  Informed by the U.S. Secret Service on October 10 that the state’s system had been compromised, S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley waited sixteen days to tell the public about it – and has been busted in numerous inconsistencies and outright lies in the days since her administration decided to go public with the news.

Hopefully Loftis can bring some adult supervision to this situation … because it sorely needs it.

“The criminals only need to be right once in order to create havoc as we’ve recently seen,” Loftis said. “It is vital to bring local and state agencies together along with industry experts to examine security practices with the goal of making all levels of South Carolina government more secure.”

Indeed … especially since our taxpayers have already shelled out tens of millions of dollars on the cyber security system that failed so spectacularly to secure our information in this case (and in another data breach back in April).

So will Haley – whose administration has botched virtually every facet of this crisis – attend Loftis’ seminar?  Of course not … the governor will be out of state touting her so-called “limited government” credentials.

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