The security standards of the Internal Revenue Service are partly to blame for South Carolina being vulnerable to internet hacking, according to Gov. Nikki Haley
In the expertly executed security breach, 3.8 million taxpayers and 1.9 million minors had their Social Security numbers stolen by an international hacker who has not yet been caught.
South Carolina Department of Revenue chief Jim Etter has resigned in the fallout from the breach, but in his defense Haley said Tuesday, “What I asked was if we were in compliance, security-wise and he said we were. And so that’s why I don’t want this to be about Jim Etter, because we were in compliance. The problem is that you have an IRS situation that is not up-to-date.”
Haley is now warning governors of other states to look into how they may be vulnerable
“Encrypt this data, it has to be encrypted and even that is not safety mode. But you can bet that there is more than we are doing right now in every state in this country and in South Carolina, I am not waiting on anybody to tell me what compliance means anymore, ” said Haley.
She sent a letter to the IRS to encourage the agency to update its standards to mandate encryption of Social Security numbers.