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State Tax Department Breach Incites Lawsuit

DATA LOSS—U.S.

November 1, 2012

FOX Carolina 21 reports on the fallout from a breach at South Carolina’s state tax agency affecting 3.6 million individuals’ Social Security numbers. A law firm has filed a class-action lawsuit against both the state’s governor and the Department of Revenue (DOR) alleging they failed “to protect the citizens of South Carolina” and violated the state’s breach disclosure laws. The governor said the fact that the information wasn’t encrypted isn’t an anomaly. “It’s not just that this was a DOR situation but an industry situation,” she said. The Washington Post reports the breach may be the “largest cyber-attack against a state tax department in the nation’s history.”
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