Add another few million to the price of incompetence …
South Carolina taxpayers are shelling out $8.5 million (at least) to CSIdentity Corp. to provide one year’s worth of free credit monitoring to victims of last year’s massive data breach at Nikki Haley’s Revenue Department.
#SCHacked – which remains the largest state-level security breach in American history – has yet to be solved. Meanwhile the company hired by Haley (using a secretive, no-bid process) to provide credit monitoring in its aftermath is now the subject of a congressional probe after selling confidential data to Vietnamese scammers.
So … where are the 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 lost during #SCHacked?
Your guess is as good as ours …
Anyway Associated Press reporter (and Haley cheerleader) Seanna Adcox neglects to mention the investigation into Experian in her latest report. However at the tail end of her story she does acknowledge that the new company provides better protection to South Carolinians victimized by the hacking.
“(CSIdentity’s) services go beyond Experian’s monitoring of credit reports to catch other ways stolen identities are used,” Adcox reported. “Other databases monitored include payday loans, court records, sex offender registries and online chat rooms where cyber-thieves sell and buy information.”
Then why didn’t South Carolina hire this company in the first place?
Oh right … Nikki Haley was in charge.