IMPORTANT Cyber Attack at South Carolina Department of Revenue
Friday, October 26, 2012
The S.C. Department of Revenue today announced that approximately 3.6 million Social Security numbers and 387,000 credit and debit card numbers have been exposed in a cyber attack. Of the credit cards, the vast majority are protected by strong encryption deemed sufficient under the demanding credit card industry standards to protect the data and cardholders. However, approximately 16,000 are unencrypted.
Members who have used third-party software to pay taxes or bills (i.e. TurboTax), should not have their credit/debit cards affected by the security breach. Yet, their Social Security numbers may still be at risk.
The S.C. Department of Revenue is directing anyone who has filed a South Carolina tax return since 1998 to take the following steps:
- Call 1-866-578-5422 where you will enroll in a consumer protection service.
- Then you will determine if you wish to have an online or US Mail alert mechanism.
- For the online service visit www.protectmyid.com/scdor. For the US Mail service, you will receive notifications via the US mail.
Members may purchase Identity Theft Protection through Insurance Solutions™