The U.S. Secret Service detected a security breach at the S.C. Department of Revenue on Oct. 10, but it took state officials 10 days to close the attacker’s access and another six days to inform the public that 3.6 million Social Security numbers had been compromised. The attack also exposed 387,000 credit and debit card numbers. The stolen data included other information people file with their tax returns such as names and addresses. Businesses’ taxpayer identification numbers also potentially have been comprised in the attack that is being described as one of the nation’s largest against a state agency.
The one thing I never seem to read in the papers is the arrest of those who are committing identity theft. Never a photo of a perp being cuffed and thrown in a cruiser nor a mention of 20 years, no parole sentence. Just silence. If the judicial system can't or won't do it, give me the name of the guy that took mine and I'll handle it.
Yep, Mr A and I are a bit worried. We've always had a refund on taxes so not too worried about the credit card side. However, I don't like the thought of our social security numbers being hacked. That could create some real problems if they got ours.
#3, all of our social security numbers are probably already out there somewhere. A security expert on a TV show picked six random people from the audience, asked them only their names and cities, and was able to get all of their addresses and social security numbers in minutes.
Having been a victim of credit card identity theft, the best advice I can give you is to be absolutely vigilant, and consider putting a security freeze on your credit profiles. That will prevent someone from opening any accounts if they have your social security number.
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