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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

NY Times: Hacking of Tax Records Puts States on Guard

New York Times:  Hacking of Tax Records Has Put States on Guard:

The theft of tax information from a South Carolina computer system appears to have been the largest cyberattack ever on a state government and has put other states on high alert, computer security experts say.

The state announced late last month that an international hacker had stolen 3.6 million Social Security numbers and 387,000 credit and debit card numbers. Now tax departments across the country are inspecting their own security systems.  ...

Since 2005, at least 11 state tax agencies have faced security breaches, according to the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, a consumer rights group. But most were caused by internal accidents, not attacks, and none were on this scale. “As a cyberattack, this appears to be in a league of its own,” said Beth Givens, the group’s director.

(Hat Tip: Mike Talbert.)

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