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From: WLTX.com (Columbia, SC)
by Tim Smith, The Greenville News
COLUMBIA – South Carolina’s identity theft nightmare has grown to include some businesses, and officials have disclosed for the first time that the hacker was able to crack the system by somehow obtaining the credentials of a Department of Revenue employee.
Jim Etter, director of the Revenue Department, disclosed after repeated questioning from senators Monday about the possible impact of the breach on small businesses that an unspecified number of state identity numbers used for corporations had been “compromised” at the same time as 3.6 million Social Security numbers and 387,000 mostly encrypted credit or debit card numbers.