Cyber Attack
Written by Jimmie Epling   

Questions & Answers About the Recent Cyber Attack 

on South Carolina's Department of Revenue:

Protect Your ID 

South Carolina taxpayer data was recently exposed in a cyber attack.  As many as 3.6 million Social Security numbers and 387,000 credit and debit card numbers used by state taxpayers could have been exposed to a hacker in the cyber attacks on the state Department of Revenue's computers.  Anyone who filed a South Carolina tax return since 1998 is being urged to find out whether their information was affected.  The State will provide those affected with one year of credit monitoring and identity theft protection through Experian. 

For questions and answers about the cyber attack and who’s eligible for the identity theft protection and credit monitoring services being offered through Experian, click here to read the recent Charleston Post and Courier article on the cyber attack. 

To begin the process of protecting your ID with Experian, click on www.protectmyid.com/scdor   and use the activation code SCDOR123.

This is what you will need to provide Experian:
- Name, Address, Phone Number, Birthdate
- Email
- Social Security Number
- Mother’s Maiden Name
- You will create a login: Username and Password
- You will be asked to answer two security questions.

Only email notifications and text notifications are available.  There is not an option from the Alert Settings or Account to select US Mail.  You may call 1-(866)-578-5422 to sign up.  You will have to listen to the main message about the website, but you can hold the line to speak to a representative.

Editorial: Sign Up for Credit Monitoring,
 
Consider Other Options

The State. January 2, 2013 

Click Here for the Full Article  

Excepts... 


Signing up for the temporary taxpayer-provided credit monitoring gets us credit-resolution assistance for life. If you become a victim of identity theft, an Experion agent will walk you through the fraud-resolution process.  But as that implies, credit monitoring doesn’t prevent identity theft; it alerts us to it sooner than might otherwise be the case, and the resolution service makes it a little less painful to recover.

To reduce your chance of being victimized, you’ll need to consider placing a security freeze on your credit report.  To learn how to place a fraud alert or security freeze on your credit report and to get tips about other ways to protect yourself, go to the state Consumer Affairs’ website at www.consumer.sc.gov and select “Consumer Alert: Special Edition — Identity Theft.”


 

 

Last Updated ( Monday, 16 December 2013 )