The massive data breach
in South Carolina that was reported earlier this week affected as many as 3.6 million people who filed taxes in the state since 1998, may have exposed businesses there as well.
This revelation came in testimony from a state official to its Senate Finance Committee, after the South Carolina Department of Revenue stated just the opposite: that it did not believe any businesses were compromised, according to a report from the Columbia Post and Courier
. At this time, however, there is no specific plan in place for adding protections for business owners like those that now exist for consumers in the state, and the senators on the committee were unhappy.
"I can't tell my business owners to just cross their fingers," said state Sen. Kevin Bryant, a Republican representing the city of Anderson. Ondrej Krehel
, chief information security officer for IDentity Theft
911, has a blog about the ways in which data breaches
can affect businesses and consumers alike, and what can be done to prevent significant fallout.
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