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

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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