One of the most damaging cyber-thefts in US history

One of the most damaging cyber-thefts in US history

State officials in South Carolina say a devastating cyberattack on the state’s Department of Revenue has resulted in the theft of 3.6 million social security numbers and nearly 400,000 credit and debit card numbers.

a former top official with the FBI said Tuesday that if just 1 percent of the taxpayers and businesses whose information was hacked in September at the Revenue Department have their information misused it could cost them more than $350 million, based upon past FBI experience. And that misuse could be more than a year away, based upon past experience with identity theft, said Chris Swecker, the former No. 3 official at the FBI.—

South Carolina taxpayers at risk as cyber-thief swipes data
A report is expected to be released Tuesday detailing how an unknown cyber hacker broke into South Carolina’s computers and stole millions of tax returns from residents dating back years. NBC’s Michael Isikoff reports.–Today Show 11/20/2012

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