SCDOR

SCDOR wins one in court

More good news for the state of South Carolina: a judge has dismissed a lawsuit against them filed by former state Sen. John Hawkins over their massive hack in 2011.  Although the ruling is not yet available online, Meg Kinnard of Associated Press reports: In an order obtained by The Associated Press, Circuit Judge G....

On the wall of shame, SCDOR’s breach should rank embarrassingly high

Embarrassing reminders about the South Carolina Department of Revenue (SCDOR) breach continue.  The Associated Press reports on testimony in yesterday’s hearing by the state’s House oversight panel: Revenue has been criticized for not using the state information technology division’s computer monitoring services — which are offered but not required — before the hacking. While...

This ‘n that

Some of what I’m reading this morning while working on my first cup of coffee: I was surprised to read that the Department of Defense is involved in notifying military members and families who paid state income taxes in South Carolina about the massive SC Department of Revenue breach. Does the DOD normally get...

IRS says states must encrypt electronic tax records; Governor Haley attempts to extricate her feet from her mouth (UPDATED)

UPDATE: See comment by Don Moffett below this post who notes that the Governor was actually correct and the IRS’s statement is incorrect. Governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina should stop talking about the massive databreach at the Department of Revenue and let someone who actually knows something about data security speak for the...

Forensic report on SCDOR breach

Here’s Mandiant’s report on the breach at the South Carolina Department of Revenue.  From the Executive Summary, a summary of the attack: Summary of the Attack A high level understanding of the most important aspects of the compromise are detailed below. 1. August 13, 2012: A malicious (phishing) email was sent to multiple Department...

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,...