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Haley: State to provide protection to up to 657K businesses

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

Governor Nikki Haley announced Wednesday afternoon that the state has decided to provide protection for South Carolina businesses who may have had tax information compromised when a hacker got into the South Carolina Department of Revenue's servers.

After DOR director Jim Etter revealed in a Senate Finance Committee hearing on Tuesday that businesses in the state may be at risk, the governor said starting Friday, businesses would be able to call a toll free phone number or visit a website to get the protection they need.

Up to 657,000 business could be affected, Haley said.

"We are staying on the very, very cautious side," said Haley. "That's a great service anyway, who wouldn't want to do that?"

The state has contacted Dun and Bradstreet, a company that provides credit monitoring and protection for businesses, to assist South Carolina business owners.

On Friday at 8 a.m., businesses can call 1-888-289-9881 or visit: http://www.dandb.com/sc to sign up for credit monitoring.

Haley said Dun and Bradstreet is providing this service to SC businesses at no charge to the state. "This is the kindness of a company that sees we are going through a crisis," said Haley.

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