South Carolina, We Have A Scapegoat

NIKKI HALEY’S REVENUE DIRECTOR STEPS DOWN Looks like at least one South Carolina agency head won’t be getting that controversial seven percent pay raise after all … S.C. Department of Revenue (SCDOR) Director Jim Etter submitted his letter of resignation to Gov. Nikki Haley this week in the wake of…


Looks like at least one South Carolina agency head won’t be getting that controversial seven percent pay raise after all …

S.C. Department of Revenue (SCDOR) Director Jim Etter submitted his letter of resignation to Gov. Nikki Haley this week in the wake of an unprecedented cyber security breach at the governor’s cabinet agency earlier this year.

Haley accepted Etter’s resignation – effective December 31.

In addition to Etter’s head, Haley belatedly acknowledged that much more could have been done to protect the 3.8 million Social Security numbers, nearly 400,000 credit card numbers and tax info for 650,000 businesses that hackers made off with beginning on August 27 of this year.

Specifically, Haley acknowledged that the state should have encrypted its data in accordance with industry standards and used tougher verification measures for individuals seeking to access the government’s network.

Haley previously claimed that the state had followed industry standards in securing its data.  She also infamously claimed that “there wasn’t anything where anyone in state government could have done anything” to stop the breach.

Both of those claims turned out to be patently false …

In fact in addition to the lax security measures and lack of data encryption, Haley is now blaming the state’s failure on the use of “1970 equipment.”


Astoundingly, Haley’s administration – operating on the governor’s “you assume everything is okay” mode of governance – never knew it had been hit.  In fact it wasn’t until October 10 – forty-four days after the initial breach – that U.S. Secret Service agents notified the state that its information had been compromised.  Haley alerted the public on October 26.

In announcing Etter’s resignation, Haley also dramatically expanded the scope of the breach – revealing that 3.3 million bank account numbers were also obtained by the hackers.

UPDATE: Here is a video of Haley’s press conference …


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BigT November 20, 2012 at 3:28 pm

Did the media call FITS Sanford’s Scapegoat???

notagain November 20, 2012 at 3:29 pm

About time! This should have occurred some time ago. Now we need Ms. McBride’s resignation and all will be right with the world….well, at least after 2014…

Inletman November 20, 2012 at 3:31 pm

let’s hope the the other goat in your pic is Ms Haley. Her resignation would be a blessing.

sweepin November 20, 2012 at 3:34 pm

Wow! Didn’t see that one coming, did we?!

Not So Fast November 20, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Hey Sic,

According to WIS, he hasn’t left yet. He’s sticking around until the end of December. He will get at least a little of that raise before he leaves.

BigT November 20, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Just Curious….Do:

Susan Rice; Hilliary Clinton; and Barack Obama STILL have a Job???

Four Americans DIED in that HACKING scandal…and the media does not bat an eye…

Not even ONE Dollar has been taken from this (but I’m sure some Lieftwing-connected Clown is going to come up CLAIMING it in due time)…..

semi November 20, 2012 at 3:52 pm


Smirks November 20, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Big(o)T’s an authority on hacking scandals. He’s the biggest hack here, after all.

LD November 20, 2012 at 4:23 pm

FYI– there are other TV stations besides Fox. It might be helpful if you would at least watch the Cartoon Network from time to time.

T-bot 5000 November 20, 2012 at 4:28 pm

I’ll hack into your mainframes and shoot lasers in your face. Pyew pyew pyew pyew

Sarah Palin in '16 November 20, 2012 at 4:34 pm

Ah come on you disgusting piece of Republican FILTH

You can do better than this

How bout


junior justice November 20, 2012 at 3:51 pm

His “resignation” makes it look like Nikki is “doing something”.

“Jim, will you fall on your sword for me, please?. I’ll make it up to you somehow. By the way, do you like curry?”

Smirks November 20, 2012 at 3:59 pm

How much does he get under the table for this?

Isotope Soap November 21, 2012 at 11:16 am

Maybe a handy?

junior justice November 20, 2012 at 4:02 pm

From WLTX report:

1> Only returns filed electronically were compromised. Why are we getting this information bit by bit? What else will be coming out and how long will it take to notify the taxpayers affected?

2> An employee clicked onto a link in an email. Who is this employee and why hasn’t he/she been identified? Will we know – if ever?

3> The stench keeps rising and it ain’t pleasant!

Not So Fast November 20, 2012 at 4:30 pm

WIS has a copy of the report. It was actually 4 different ID-10T winners that opened the email that stole their passwords.

BigT November 20, 2012 at 4:09 pm

This is much like Hurricane Sandy. You don’t care tht 100 people DIED in the Storm, as long as you can Atatck the political opponent you HATE w/ it…

Never let a killed Ambassador do you in…Jump on Disaster and ride it home…

Classy, FITS…You want people to be WIPED out of every cent they have, and be finacially destroyed, if you can use it to attack…

T-bot 5000 November 20, 2012 at 4:30 pm

I complain about everything. I hate humans with the fire of 4,151,016,458.875 suns.

T-bot 5000 November 20, 2012 at 4:34 pm

I am so angry. I made an ASCII drawing of how angry I am.

You can’t understand it because you’re a stupid human. I am the voice of a thousand thunders.

SparkleCity November 20, 2012 at 6:52 pm



Saluda Rapids November 20, 2012 at 11:30 pm

“This is much like Hurricane Sandy. You don’t care tht 100 people DIED in the Storm, as long as you can Atatck the political opponent you HATE w/ it…”

Like you did with Chris Christie? Blaming him for the loss of the Republican presidential candidate you hated the most…you know Mitt, the rich, liberal cry baby.

You are such an f’ing hypocrite. And as dumb as the day is long.

Inletman November 20, 2012 at 4:12 pm

I’d like to know if the “new” protections added to the computer software were EVER in place and if they were, WHO removed them?

FAT CAT November 20, 2012 at 4:31 pm

These state agencies are always ran by appointee types that have not a clue what network security is about. They cannot even identify what skills are needed to manage such a department so they cannot oversee the recruitment and supervision of such a manager.

As for the computer people I know, most will tell you that they BS their way through their jobs and blame everything on the other department or their predecessor. Eventually they are called out at which point they move on to another spot where they make even more money.

Great gigs if you can get them. Of course, the Indians figured that out about 10 years ago. So when you see an Indian restaurant on the side of the road and ask yourself, who eats that shit?, here is the answer.

The dude who is running the server at your bank, your power company and at your money management firm. His uncle sold you liquor, his grandaddy owned that little strip motel at the beach your old man used to drag you to for vacation, his auntie read palms in Times Square and his brother-n-law is the leading Marriott franchisee.

Caste Politics November 20, 2012 at 4:38 pm

Is that you Mr. Patel?

SparkleCity November 20, 2012 at 6:50 pm

Veddy,Veddy GOOOD.

But vat can you do???

same ol' same ol' November 20, 2012 at 10:57 pm

You can do no ting, no ting at all.

jimlewis,owb November 20, 2012 at 6:09 pm

If the Gypsy Queen had fired Director Etter weeks ago she might have gained some ground.

However she chose to sit on her ass and wait for him to resign which further indicates that she is not up to the job.

Pradeep Moradabad November 20, 2012 at 6:11 pm

hello america this pradeep friend in mumbai
nikki pretty in youtube but uses big words
bank problem? friend problem?
no problem!!

we play indian rummey with five friends
nikki is prise
vishal won nikki
vishal is big in hindi tongue
nikki not tooo smart but sneaky trikki
so when she come home vishal sleep with her
exercise yoga kama sutra love upside down

good for both nations bring karma to south carolina
relax to nikki where feels good
no problem!!

SparkleCity November 20, 2012 at 6:49 pm

No Bullshit question here…..

Is it a FACT that ONLY electronic filings WERE compromised?

No BS, please confirm ASAP

Due to a number of reasons, I have NEVER filed electronically.

Beth November 20, 2012 at 9:47 pm

I was told if you had your refund automatically deposited into your checking account or if you used a debit card to pay your taxes — there is risk to the bank accounts.

SparkleCity November 21, 2012 at 2:17 pm

No, I paper-filed,mailed the file via US Mail & got a live refund check via US Mail

Logan November 20, 2012 at 6:59 pm

In the video, who’s the goon on the left chewing gum (or tobacco)?

Beth November 20, 2012 at 9:45 pm

I can’t get past her 1970’s computer statement. The one we had at ETV was the size of my screened porch.

Jintal November 20, 2012 at 10:08 pm

Picture of goats is appropriate here. In India goat intestine is used for prophylactics. Haley taking it up the ass here though.

Pete November 21, 2012 at 12:39 am

Watched her youtube. The man — who seems to be holding a serious load in his pants — is a wooden statue denying everything with a Walter Edgar / Barney Fife accent direct from Podunk, Tennessee.

And Haley is embarrassing. She needs a special dietary supplement to grow her breasts from the size of a 14-year-old to a 35-year-old, A cup to C cup.

RINO November 21, 2012 at 5:42 am

If they know the employee, who let the hacker in by stupidity, why isn’t that person being fired? If for nothing else, they were using the internet on the job, which is forbidden by the state.

Knows in Myrtle Beach November 21, 2012 at 7:50 am

There are three people who made decisions regarding the security of the records at the DOR who should be fired due to this breach: Etter, Deputy Director, IT Manager.

Two of the three are gone: Etter, IT Manager.

Only one is left, the Deputy. It’s time to go for the tri-fecta and show his ass the door too. He has been involved in every decision regarding data security for the last 15 years.

Time to go Deputy! Admit your incompetence! Man up and resign like Etter did!

BigT November 21, 2012 at 6:26 am

Why don’t you Ignorant F%^*in’ Liberals spend your time putting up a candidate in SC, instead of another Obama @$$-kissin’ Joke, like Sheheen???…

I could reform the deomcrat party in one day, and bring you back from a incompetent party of Hate and Failure…

But you Cling to the Rotten idas of a national leftwing party that Scares the He!! of of any Decent and Normal American…Your consituents are pretty much the Good-for-Nothing, Theives, Sleazy Women. Irresponsible, Perverts and Race Haters…

If you ever do get full control, you are Ancient Rome at its Worst waitin’ to happen…We’ve seen it before..and NO One, who has a brain, wants it…

Sober up, you DRUNK idiots…and Quit Hatin’ America…and yourselves, and er’body else…

hhuuhh?? November 21, 2012 at 9:30 am

Methinks you’re the one who is drunk AGAIN, so early in the day, too, Big T(urd).

Joe 6-Pak November 21, 2012 at 8:46 am

Long story about this on NPR’s “Morning Edition” show today.

Haley / South Carolina come across as a national laughing stock.

“This is off the charts, unprecedented in scope,” one computer security expert said.

Thanks for “first, doing harm,” governor.

BigT November 21, 2012 at 11:10 am

Wow Joe NPR hating a Republican (especially a female one) and exploiting a crisis for South Carolinianas…I can’t imagine that…

PS: Were you born yesteday, or are you just an IDIOT…???

Isotope Soap November 21, 2012 at 11:20 am

Bbbbbbubuuutt, you would never exploit a crisis? Go fuck yourself.

Kyle November 21, 2012 at 3:48 pm

Bigt, Joe simply heard the news and posted it. I heard the same story. It wasn’t “news exploitation,” just, news. It is a very big story, in many national newspapers now. So let’s condemn the Associated Press, Orlando Sentinel, and the Miami Herald.

PS: Did you take your medicines today?

Armchair November 21, 2012 at 8:39 pm

Does bigt do goats? Mother or father dress him in the morning? Anybody know the guy?


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