Massive privacy breach at US state tax agency

By | October 29, 2012

Source: itnews

by Juha Saarinen

It looks like South Carolina has become a nice hacking training ground!

In this article “A massive privacy breach in the US state of South Carolina earlier this month saw the personal data of roughly 3.6 million people — including 387,000 credit and debit card numbers — captured by an overseas hacker.

Of the credit card numbers, 16,000 were unencrypted. The rest were encrypted according to Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS).

The breach at the South Carolina Department of Revenue was discovered on October 10 but a week later, investigators discovered two earlier attempts in September and October.

Security company Mandiant has been engaged to help tighten up processes, the state tax department said.

It has also set up a site to monitor attempts at identity theft after the attack.”

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