Haley Challenges Cabinet in Cyber Attack Response

Wants agency heads to enroll employees, citizens in protection plan

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By Monique Williams

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) -- Six days after a statewide hacking incident is revealed, Governor Nikki Haley challenges her cabinet to take matters into their own hands by signing up as many people as possible in the credit protection plan.

In a last minute meeting Thursday afternoon, Haley urged state department heads to come up with what she calls 'creative and out of the box' ways within their individual agency to counter a statewide cyber attack that compromised the personal information of nearly 3.6 million people in South Carolina.

She wants them to submit a report by end of business Tuesday, November 6, on how they plan to get as many people signed up in the credit protection plan as possible.

Citizens who have filed a tax return in South Carolina since 1998 can enroll in a free, one-year credit monitoring and consumer protection program called ProtectMyID, by calling 1-866-578-5422. the call center is open 9:00am - 9:00pm EST Monday through Friday and 11:00am - 8:00pmEST on Saturday and Sunday. You may enroll online at http://www.protectmtid.com/scdor. Enter the code SCDOR123 when prompted. South Carolina taxpayers have until the end of January, 2013, to sign up.

Beginning at 8:00am EST Friday, South Carolina businesses that have filed a tax return since 1998 may enroll in credit protection by visiting http://www.dandb.com/sc or call customer service toll free at this dedicated phone number 1-800-279-9881.

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