Haley admits hacking errors; revenue chief resigns

Governor Haley has now walked back some of her more irritating claims about South Carolina’s massive data breach.  Seanna Adcox of Associated Press reports:

A report on a massive security breach at the South Carolina tax collection agency shows the state could have done more to protect personal information for nearly 4 million taxpayers, Gov. Nikki Haley said Tuesday. She also said she accepted the resignation of Department of Revenue Director Jim Etter effective at the end of the year.

Haley said the report from computer security firm Mandiant found hackers may have 3.3 million bank account numbers from South Carolina taxpayers.

The state made two mistakes, according to the report. It didn’t require two different ways to verify when someone was trying to get into the system to look at tax returns and it did not encrypt Social Security numbers, Haley said.

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