LETTER: Hacking should not have happened

  • Posted: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 6:09 p.m.
    UPDATED: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 8:57 p.m.

Hacking should not have happened

In October, it was revealed that a highly sophisticated hacker with, by the way, South Carolina government approved security access credentials, had hacked the S.C. Department of Revenue records beginning in August.

We immediately registered with “Protect my ID” and were informed that more information was needed. I called the number given and was told, by a non-native English speaker, that I had to do it online. I accessed my account and was not asked for any information whatsoever. I was offered the opportunity to get fraud protection, a credit report and numerous other things.

I was also never told, as we were led to believe, whether or not my information was among the 3.6 million that had been hacked. It would appear that for the $12 million in taxpayer money for protection we are providing overseas jobs and being offered the opportunity to buy more protection.

Nowhere are we being provided with the information that was promised and, if any protection is provided, it is a challenge to access it.

Can anyone explain exactly how to determine whether or not one’s information has actually been compromised as we were told we could?

If the governor had her identity stolen several years ago and didn’t want her constituents to go through the same, why did she not, immediately upon being elected, see to it that all state government information was as secure as humanly possible? She has repeatedly stated that the hacking could not have been prevented. With proper encryption and oversight it certainly could have been made a whole lot more difficult

Louise Plodinec

Aiken

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