New developments following security breach at SC Dept. of Revenue

Cyber attack
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Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- There are new developments in the security breach that left 3.6 million South Carolina taxpayers vulnerable.

The state has announced a deal that will allow victims of the hacker attack to get credit fraud resolution for life.

Gov. Nikki Haley says credit monitoring agency Experian will cap the costs for the year at $12 million. It was at $1 million before the change.

Approximately 3.6 million Social Security numbers were exposed, but the unencrypted credit card numbers were expired -- meaning they are no good for the cyber thief.

Haley also reiterated that no one from the Department of Revenue should be blamed for the hacking.

If you filed a tax return anytime from 1998 until this year, your personal information may have been hacked.

To call Experian, dial 1-866-578-5422. The call center is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST on Saturday and Sunday.

You can register online at To register, you need to enter the access code, SCDOR123. Note: You need to click the button that says "Click to redeem your activation code" instead of just pressing enter. Georgia residents can register online with the same access code.

If you have signed up, you will hear back from the credit monitoring service through email or postal mail within a few weeks to find out if you are affected.

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