DOD Notifies Troops of South Carolina Cyber Intrusions

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While the vast majority of the personal data is believed to have been protected by encryption, state revenue officials said about 16,000 accounts were not, and that anyone who filed a South Carolina income tax return as far back as 1998 could be affected.

The intrusions were discovered last month, officials said. While South Carolina officials believe their system is now secure, Gov. Nikki Haley said the state is offering one year of free credit monitoring and identity protection to anyone who might have been exposed and applies for it. "The number of records breached requires an unprecedented, large-scale response," she said.

In addition to Social Security numbers and credit card information, defense officials said information usually found on the front of checks may also have been exposed.

DOD personnel and their family members who are current or former South Carolina taxpayers, especially those who are living abroad, are urged to visit or contact Experian's national consumer assistance center at 1-866-578-5422 by January 31, 2013, to enroll in identity threat protection.

In addition, current and former South Carolina business owners may also contact Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp., officials said. Visit to initiate the registration process or call 1-800-279-9881.

An investigation into the source of the cyber intrusion continues.

Related Sites:

Experian's ProtectMyID [ ]

Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. [ ]