South Carolina Democrats will hold a series of vigils around the state this week to commemorate the one-year anniversary of #SCHacked – the largest state-level security breach in American history.
Last summer, yet-to-be-identified hackers absconded with 3.8 million Social Security numbers, nearly 400,000 debit and credit card numbers and tax info for more than 650,000 businesses. In addition to failing to detect the breach (the federal government notified South Carolina that it had been hacked 44 days after the intrusion began) and waiting more than two weeks to inform the public about what happened – Haley compounded the scandal by lying to the public.
No business tax information was taken, Haley initially claimed. Oops.
There was “nothing that could have been done” to stop the breach, Haley said. Oops.
South Carolina used industry-standard security measures to protect its data. Again … oops.
The governor also entered into a secretive $12 million no-bid contract with Experian – a credit agency that’s currently being investigated by the U.S. Secret Service investigation for selling confidential consumer information to a Vietnamese scammer.
Did Haley do anything right in this situation? No … not even a little bit.
Still, “Republicans” looking to insulate the governor from criticism decried the Democrats’ vigils – claiming the party was mocking people of faith and cheapening their “sacred” gatherings.
“S.C. Democrats Mock Religious Observance” blared the headline of GOPWrite.com, a pro-establishment website.
“Many South Carolina voters would already suggest that the Democratic Party was rather godless compared to the values of the Republican Party,” the website’s anonymous authors wrote. “Now South Carolina Democrats are doubling down on the unspoken idea by mocking religious observance.”
Ummm … okay.
“If the SCGOP wants to continue to hide the continued secrecy of the Haley administration by anonymous blog posts, they are underestimating the intelligence of the voters in South Carolina,” SCDP executive director Amanda Loveday said in response to the criticism.