SC Revenue Dept seeks loan to cover hacking costs

  • Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 12:01 a.m.
AP File Photo
Democratic S.C. State Rep. Leon Stavrinakis speaks at a news conference in North Charleston on Nov. 29. Stavrinakis and other Democrats want the independent state Legislative Audit  Council to review how the state Revenue Department allowed a hacker to get into its files and compromise the personal information of millions of South Carolinians. 
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AP File Photo Democratic S.C. State Rep. Leon Stavrinakis speaks at a news conference in North Charleston on Nov. 29. Stavrinakis and other Democrats want the independent state Legislative Audit Council to review how the state Revenue Department allowed a hacker to get into its files and compromise the personal information of millions of South Carolinians. Photoruce Smith)

COLUMBIA ó The South Carolina agency that maintains the taxpayer records accessed by an international hacker wants help paying for expenses related to the breach.

The Greenville News reported Tuesday that the Department of Revenue is asking the state Budget and Control Board for a $20 million loan.

The request is part of an agenda for a meeting that panel is holding today. Documents donít show a breakdown for the request, but a spokesman for Gov. Nikki Haley said the loan would include money toward the stateís $12 million contract with Experian for credit monitoring.

In October, Haley announced that the tax returns of 3.8 million residents and 700,000 businesses had been stolen from Revenue Department computer servers in the largest hacking of a state agency in the nationís history.

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