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SSNs Exposed in Data Breaches

DATA LOSS—U.S.

October 29, 2012

A data breach at the South Carolina Department of Revenue has exposed as many as 3.6 million Social Security numbers and 387,999 credit card numbers, SecurityWatch reports. The breach was the result of a cyber attack against the department’s systems in mid-September. The Social Security numbers were not encrypted. The state’s chief consumer advocate is calling for privacy laws to be strengthened to tell agencies how to guard against a breach. Meanwhile, employees of the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority in Florida have been alerted that their Social Security numbers and bank information may have been compromised.
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