Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The chairman of a Senate panel investigating the exposure of taxpayers' personal data says he's upset to learn that a $25,000 purchase could have prevented the hacking.
Anderson Sen. Kevin Bryant also thinks the agency's lack of a computer security officer is partially to blame for the breach.
Revenue Director Jim Etter told the panel Wednesday the position was vacant from September 2011 through August. That's the month a hacker gained access to the agency's system.
Etter says the former chief information officer could not find anyone willing to accept the job for $100,000.
The agency is spending $25,000 on devices that add another security step for someone trying to log into the system remotely.
Officials say the devices providing temporary passwords could have prevented the incident.
(Copyright 2012, The Associated Press)