GREENVILLE, SC (WYFF) - An Upstate law firm has filed a class action lawsuit against Gov. Nikki Haley and the South Carolina Department of Revenue in the hacking case.
The lawsuit claims Haley and the SCDOR failed to protect the citizens of South Carolina from the hacking of more than 3. 6 million Social Security numbers and other sensitive information. The lawsuit, filed in Richland County, alleges Gov. Haley and other state officials violated state law that requires prompt disclosure of breaches like this one.
"This hacking amounts to a 'Cyberhurricane' and it's a Category 5," said John Hawkins, attorney for the plaintiff. "Tragically for the people of South Carolina, there were cost-effective, non-cumbersome steps that could have been taken by these defendants, but for whatever reason, they were not. The basis of this lawsuit is that the defendants were grossly negligent in their failure to prevent what they should have seen coming and they failed to notify the public of the breach in a timely manner." said Hawkins.
The lawsuit is entitled "Phillip Morgan, individually and on behalf of all similarly situated plaintiffs versus Nikki Haley, in her official capacity as Governor of South Carolina; James Etter, in his official capacity as director of the South Carolina Department of Revenue and the South Carolina Department of Revenue."
" For Governor Haley to say this hacking was not preventable is like saying. 'We can't prepare for hurricanes because we don't know they are coming.' In this day and age, we know we're going to get a certain amount of hurricanes, and we know hackers are going to try and get information. That's why we take reasonable steps to prepare for both. Unfortunately, the defendants in this lawsuit failed us all in a very big way, and the only time will tell as to the prices to be paid by many of our citizens," said Hawkins.