Haley on Hacking Prevention: 'Cocktail for Disaster'

Report reveals state officials should have done more to protect citizens


By Monique Williams

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Gov. Nikki Haley says outdated cyber equipment and state officials dropping the ball were a 'cocktail for disaster' in reference to a report on a massive security breach at South Carolina's tax collection agency. The report uncovered the state could have done more to protect the personal records of nearly four million taxpayers.

Haley said Tuesday that she also has accepted the resignation of Department of Revenue Director Jim Etter, effective at the end of the year. She says she and Etter agree that the Department "needs a new set of eyes" going forward.

Haley says the report from computer security firm Mandiant found South Carolina made two mistakes. She says it didn't require two different ways to verify when someone was trying to get into the system to look at tax returns and it did not encrypt Social Security numbers.

She continues to apologize to the citizens of South Carolina and , at the same, time is looking for ways to prevent something like this from happening again. Meanwhile, SLED and federal agents continue to investigate.

Monique Williams reports.

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