Editorial: SC tax agency hack still holds lessons aplenty a decade later | Editorials


A tiny bit of a mystery was solved this week when The Post and Courier’s Jessica Holdman reported that it was a contractor, and not a state employee, who opened the cyberdoor a decade ago that allowed hackers to steal the Social Security numbers and other sensitive data of 6.4 million S.C. taxpayers.

It’s unlikely that we’ll ever learn many more details, such as who actually stole our data from the S.C. Department of Revenue or whether the state paid ransom in an effort to keep the data from being sold on the dark web — much less how much if it was paid and what became of the data if no ransom was paid.

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