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S.C. HACKING Ex-chief of security speaks about Revenue hacking

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Posted: Friday, January 4, 2013 5:23 am

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The Department of Revenue was more concerned with keeping employees from accessing news, sports and social media websites on their work computers than protecting taxpayer data like Social Security numbers, a former computer security chief at the agency said Thursday.

Scott Shealy told a South Carolina House committee investigating hacked tax records at the Revenue Department that he spokes to his bosses for several years about how information should be encrypted and employees should be required to enter a code or scan a thumbprint to access the information.

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