Statehouse Report #20
SC Hacked: How to Protect Yourself, Your Family, and your Business
The incredible news that the Department of Revenue’s computers were hacked shocked everybody last week. If you are reading this article, do not ignore this news. It most likely affects you!
We know that anybody who has filed a state tax return since 1998 is potentially a victim of this cyber identity theft. It includes Social Security Numbers and credit card numbers for more than 3.6 million people. It includes your dependents and minor children. It also includes your business’ Federal Tax ID number if you are a small business owner.
While state officials and the U.S. Secret Service work to figure out how this happened and who might be to blame, it is imperative that every South Carolinian take a few steps to protect your identity, your credit. Our state is providing free protection to you, and our attention right now is to be sure everybody gets protected from this as soon as possible.