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South Carolina Security Blunders Show Why States Get Hacked

CowboyRobot (671517) writes | about a year and a half ago

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CowboyRobot writes "Earlier this year, the state's Department of Revenue was storing 3.3 million bank account numbers, as well as 3.8 million tax returns containing Social Security numbers for 1.9 million children and other dependents, in an unencrypted format. After a state employee clicked on a malicious email link, an attacker was able to obtain copies of those records. It's easy to blame the breach on "Russian hackers" but who is really to blame? "The state's leadership, from the governor on down, failed to take information security seriously or to correctly gauge the financial risk involved. As a result, taxpayers will pay extra to clean up the mess. Beyond the $800,000 that the state will spend — and should have already spent — to improve its information security systems, $500,000 will go to the data breach investigation, $740,000 to notify consumers and businesses, $250,000 for legal and PR help, and $12 million for identity theft monitoring services.""
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Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42299949)

Most countries are like this. The amount of times I have pointed this kind of thing out and people just look at you like gum stuck to their shoe. Oh no, more work. Worst of all, more work that we don't currently have FUNDING for. Woe is us, shut that person up.

No, seriously. Major Government departments have similar known issues and they just don't fix them. So, when that personal private data that your government collects about you is sold online what you really need is not to be upset. You need to know who to thank. Individual names. I have a list, along with what each one did to make various situations either exist or be worse than they should be.

By then though it is too late. The data is out the door. What are you going to do, turn up to some public servant's house at midnight screaming We Paid You Good Money To Make Sure This Does Not Happen.

No. Even if you know who these useless public servants are you will just sit at home and stress about how all of your information is now online and what that will mean the next time you need a loan.

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