South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley revealed in a press conference that the Department of Revenue (DOR) data breach didn’t affect just individuals, but also a large number of businesses.
The official has said that all businesses that have filed a tax return starting with 1998 might be affected by the breach. A special website will be set in place for them and they’ll be offered free credit monitoring with Dun & Bradstreet.
The details of the hack still haven’t been made available, but so far it’s believed that 3.6 million individuals and 657,000 businesses are affected. Of the impacted individuals, at least 418,000 have already signed up for the monitoring services offered by the state via Experian.
According to The Island Packet, it’s believed that the attack originated from overseas. The hackers apparently utilized “state-approved” credentials to gain access to DOR systems.
The governor promised to constantly update the public as they learnt more on the incident.