Published Jan. 2, 2013
S.C. taxpayers affected by the security data breach at the state Department of Revenue now have until March 31 to sign up for a year of free credit monitoring and unlimited fraud resolution provided by Experian, according to Gov. Nikki Haley.
The deadline had been Jan. 31.
Experian’s ProtectMyID Alert program is designed to detect, protect and resolve potential identity theft, and includes daily monitoring of all three credit bureaus.
The alerts and daily monitoring services are provided for one year, and consumers will continue to have access to fraud resolution agents and services beyond the first year.
There have been about 960,000 signups for the Experian program, which is costing taxpayers $12 million for the first year.
Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. is providing South Carolina businesses that have filed a tax return since 1998 a service that will alert customers to changes taking place in their business credit file.
The hacker, who law enforcement authorities said was based in Russia, stole 74.7 gigabytes of data containing information on individual and business tax returns that had been filed electronically since 1998.
That data includes Social Security and business ID numbers, bank accounts and credit cards listed on tax returns. The latest report shows that information was stolen from 3.8 million individual taxpayers, 1.9 million dependents and 699,900 businesses.