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(Charleston Post and Courier)   Hacker accesses millions of South Carolina social security numbers; residents given one phone number to call. Yeah, I'll hold   (postandcourier.com) divider line 70
    More: Asinine, South Carolina, Department of Revenue, cyber-attack, credit bureaus, issuing bank, credit monitoring  
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2012-10-26 06:41:40 PM
Ya know what, Mr News guys, if you are gonna use stock footage of hacking, at least have the footage be from this millennium

/Anyone know what movie that is from?
 
2012-10-26 07:06:40 PM
It figures. Charleston recently was Voted #1 Tourist Destination by Conde Nast magazine, and a local media outlet ran a stock photo that was at least 20 years old showing buildings that don't even exist anymore.
 
2012-10-26 07:06:51 PM
Subby realizes that there are often multiple lines associated with any one number, right? You can call a single phone number, and any one of 50 people might pick up.

\Hotlines: how the fark do they work?
 
2012-10-26 07:07:01 PM
I should really start an IT security contracting firm. Do you have ANY IDEA how much Mandiant just made cleaning up that mess?
 
2012-10-26 07:07:58 PM
www2.counton2.com
Credit WCBD
 
2012-10-26 07:14:08 PM
No one cares.

You know how many places have my social security because of job applications?

/probably more days than you've lived thus far
 
2012-10-26 07:15:57 PM
FTFA: "South Carolina has come under attack but South Carolina is going to fight back in every way possible," Haley said.

Yeah, that's worked out so well for you in the past...
 
2012-10-26 07:17:34 PM
Kraftwerk Orange, I see that's of downtown somewhere. What intersection is that exactly?

(Could be because the buildings have been knocked down/removed in the past 20 years . . . )
 
2012-10-26 07:18:00 PM
cman
Ya know what, Mr News guys, if you are gonna use stock footage of hacking, at least have the footage be from this millennium
/Anyone know what movie that is from?


A local college sent this catalog featuring work from home classes on the cover, with someone drinking coffee feet up at home working on a laptop.

The cell phone and laptop were probably 15 years old.

My favorite was the local cable office, probably 2 years ago, had this demonstration window showing a computer sporting a vintage vga tube monitor, a desktop PC with a tape drive backup and and a cherry model M keyboard.
 
2012-10-26 07:19:13 PM
With a combined wealth in South Carolina of $62.50 and 3 teeth, I'm not seeing a real problem here.
 
2012-10-26 07:19:18 PM

cptjeff: Subby realizes that there are often multiple lines associated with any one number, right? You can call a single phone number, and any one of 50 people might pick up.

\Hotlines: how the fark do they work?


Someone didnt RTFA

FTA: Within an hour of the announcement, however, the phone lines to the credit protection company were already tied up with either a busy signal or a recording of an operator saying "All circuits are busy."
 
2012-10-26 07:21:00 PM

Phoenix87ta: I should really start an IT security contracting firm. Do you have ANY IDEA how much Mandiant just made cleaning up that mess?


Cleaning up the mess is much harder than making sure it never happened in the first place. Forensics, maintaining chain of evidence, etc is all a major pain.
 
2012-10-26 07:22:46 PM

threadjackistan: cptjeff: Subby realizes that there are often multiple lines associated with any one number, right? You can call a single phone number, and any one of 50 people might pick up.

\Hotlines: how the fark do they work?

Someone didnt RTFA

FTA: Within an hour of the announcement, however, the phone lines to the credit protection company were already tied up with either a busy signal or a recording of an operator saying "All circuits are busy."


Well, gosh. They should remedy that by adding a second phone number to call.
 
2012-10-26 07:25:09 PM

"Please hold while you wait for the next available Customer Service Agent...."


Dueling Banjos Hold music

 
2012-10-26 07:25:27 PM
As a South Carolinian, I am pissed that the governor and head of SLED decided to wait 16 days before telling us. If something is messed up in SC, chances are Nikki is involved.

Also they dropped this bombshell on us on a Friday afternoon when the phone lines were not going to be manned after hours or on the weekend. (I am told that was changed though.)
 
2012-10-26 07:29:47 PM

threadjackistan: cptjeff: Subby realizes that there are often multiple lines associated with any one number, right? You can call a single phone number, and any one of 50 people might pick up.

\Hotlines: how the fark do they work?

Someone didnt RTFA

FTA: Within an hour of the announcement, however, the phone lines to the credit protection company were already tied up with either a busy signal or a recording of an operator saying "All circuits are busy."


Having more phone numbers solves that they didn't have enough capacity how?
 
2012-10-26 07:32:31 PM
It's not like anyone in South Carolina has credit that anybody's going to want to exploit anyhow.
 
2012-10-26 07:34:05 PM
And the thing is, even if you could reach someone, they are not able to tell you if you've been affected. (It took someone almost an hour from the newspaper to reach someone.) They just tell you to call back later.
 
2012-10-26 07:36:21 PM

1. Put snakes on plane: threadjackistan: cptjeff: Subby realizes that there are often multiple lines associated with any one number, right? You can call a single phone number, and any one of 50 people might pick up.

\Hotlines: how the fark do they work?

Someone didnt RTFA

FTA: Within an hour of the announcement, however, the phone lines to the credit protection company were already tied up with either a busy signal or a recording of an operator saying "All circuits are busy."

Well, gosh. They should remedy that by adding a second phone number to call.


davidphogan: threadjackistan: cptjeff: Subby realizes that there are often multiple lines associated with any one number, right? You can call a single phone number, and any one of 50 people might pick up.

\Hotlines: how the fark do they work?

Someone didnt RTFA

FTA: Within an hour of the announcement, however, the phone lines to the credit protection company were already tied up with either a busy signal or a recording of an operator saying "All circuits are busy."

Having more phone numbers solves that they didn't have enough capacity how?


FOREST!?!? WHAT FOREST??? ALL I SEE ARE TREES!
 
2012-10-26 07:37:44 PM
I'm in SC, I've called all day long, every time it says to call back, lines busy.
 
2012-10-26 07:38:26 PM
Having grown up in South Carolina, and dealing with the idiots in the state government there before, I don't doubt that the hacker's job was made easier by the admin password on the database being, "12345".


/farking hell, the hack includes time before I got out of there
 
2012-10-26 07:41:59 PM

Gyrfalcon: It's not like anyone in South Carolina has credit that anybody's going to want to exploit anyhow.


The hackers later attempted to drain bank accounts and run up credit card payouts of the people that had their information stolen. Early estimates of the lost funds have the hackers currently owing $1.6 million dollars due to the amount of overdrafted accounts and past due credit cards they stole.
 
2012-10-26 07:42:34 PM
When Congress had the hearings on SOPA, I said (possibly here, certainly to friends) that the government really needs to start councils on technology in order to prevent this kind of crap, as well as for legislative purposes. Local, state, federal, they need to start filling the holes better, because the data compromises are just going to get worse. For all that the DOD is a bloated piece of shiat when it comes to technology, they're pretty good about preventing outside access. It's more disgruntled soldiers and missing laptops they have a problem with (as far as I know, I was really low level so I could be wrong).
 
2012-10-26 07:43:04 PM

ggecko: I'm in SC, I've called all day long, every time it says to call back, lines busy.


Some people on FB are saying they got better results calling Experian directly at 1-877-371-7902. (Haven't tried it yet.)
 
2012-10-26 07:49:41 PM
Just makes me sick, THEY get hacked but it is up to me to fix things. Ugh!
 
2012-10-26 07:50:31 PM
...Mrs Coast and I have been trying to get to the database all day, still not able to get through. As I've been here since 93 and she's been since 97, I'm guessing we're screwed.

/Mrs Coast asked why they'd raid the 9th poorest state in the Union
//I told her because we have the 9th poorest security systems
 
2012-10-26 07:52:29 PM
Only thing worse than already knowing you could be screwed 6 ways to Sunday is to watch/hear it in slow motion... and then the dreaded CLICK... dropped call. Accidentally on purpose. If lines are overloaded you will hear a fast busy vs the "regular" busy signal when you are really in queue. That's why so many Americans are overweight (can you say deep-fried y'all?). They are forever on hold eating their loneliness away. Just a thought.
 
2012-10-26 08:04:29 PM

fuhfuhfuh: Gyrfalcon: It's not like anyone in South Carolina has credit that anybody's going to want to exploit anyhow.

The hackers later attempted to drain bank accounts and run up credit card payouts of the people that had their information stolen. Early estimates of the lost funds have the hackers currently owing $1.6 million dollars due to the amount of overdrafted accounts and past due credit cards they stole.


Why won't anyone ever steal my student loan account, I wonder?
 
2012-10-26 08:06:37 PM
...By the way - Honored Modmins, can we PLEASE GET A FREAKING "SOUTH CAROLINA" TAG NOW????


/You'd think 3 million victims and at least $1.6 million in damage would have earned it
 
2012-10-26 08:15:45 PM

AtlanticCoast63: ...By the way - Honored Modmins, can we PLEASE GET A FREAKING "SOUTH CAROLINA" TAG NOW????


/You'd think 3 million victims and at least $1.6 million in damage would have earned it


Stand in line behind Texass and ARIZONA!
 
2012-10-26 08:21:09 PM

Fark Me To Tears: FTFA: "South Carolina has come under attack but South Carolina is going to fight back in every way possible," Haley said.

Yeah, that's worked out so well for you in the past...


To be fair, they were the aggressors that time
 
2012-10-26 08:26:39 PM

threadjackistan: FOREST!?!? WHAT FOREST??? ALL I SEE ARE TREES!


We know you're an idiot. You don't have to keep shouting.
 
2012-10-26 08:26:47 PM

gingerjet: Phoenix87ta: I should really start an IT security contracting firm. Do you have ANY IDEA how much Mandiant just made cleaning up that mess?

Cleaning up the mess is much harder than making sure it never happened in the first place. Forensics, maintaining chain of evidence, etc is all a major pain.


Yes, but then there's selling them the upgraded equipment and maintenance contracts and so on and so forth. Bottom line, they make out like bandits in the end.
 
2012-10-26 08:36:45 PM
well mannered folks on phone not known for speaking at a fast clipped pace - add 27 minutes per call.

/bless y'all
 
2012-10-26 08:37:45 PM

AtlanticCoast63: ...Mrs Coast and I have been trying to get to the database all day, still not able to get through. As I've been here since 93 and she's been since 97, I'm guessing we're screwed.

/Mrs Coast asked why they'd raid the 9th poorest state in the Union
//I told her because we have the 9th poorest security systems


I've only lived here since 2002... at least you remembered my birthday this year.

/love ya
// mean it
 
2012-10-26 08:48:50 PM
A website set up by the state, http://protectmyid.com/scdor for affected taxpayers to enroll in the identity protection service requires an access code for activation, available by calling the number or by mail during the next few days.

Dear resident, I'm sure you hear our recent security breach that may have exposed your social security number. The state takes privacy very seriously. Please login to page and being to update personal information. You corporation help us find out which bank acounts compromised: http://unitedstatescarolina-security.fsfdsjjf.ru/phish.cgi
 
2012-10-26 08:56:19 PM

mithras_angel: Having grown up in South Carolina, and dealing with the idiots in the state government there before, I don't doubt that the hacker's job was made easier by the admin password on the database being, "12345".


/farking hell, the hack includes time before I got out of there


I think they updated it to "Jesus"
 
2012-10-26 08:58:56 PM
Did Little Bobby Tables help them set up the security of their original web site?
 
2012-10-26 09:04:12 PM
Wait, what?

They sat on this information for over two weeks? Exactly what information were they hoping to get in those two weeks they couldn't already have obtained from the first breach and subsequent breaches months ago?

I think somebody is in over their collective heads in SC's IT and/or LE departments.
 
2012-10-26 09:07:28 PM
SC is a fine state to stop and take a wizz on the way to Florida.
 
2012-10-26 09:11:46 PM

ProfessorOhki: A website set up by the state, http://protectmyid.com/scdor for affected taxpayers to enroll in the identity protection service requires an access code for activation, available by calling the number or by mail during the next few days.

Dear resident, I'm sure you hear our recent security breach that may have exposed your social security number. The state takes privacy very seriously. Please login to page and being to update personal information. You corporation help us find out which bank acounts compromised: http://unitedstatescarolina-security.fsfdsjjf.ru/phish.cgi


One wonders how much taxpayer dollars protectmyid.com is getting for this service.
 
2012-10-26 09:50:18 PM
I hope they outsourced the call center to India.
 
2012-10-26 10:11:13 PM
Should have created a GUI in Visual Basic to track his IP.

/need two people typing on one keyboard to stop a hacker.
 
2012-10-26 10:18:47 PM
Can I stay out of trouble if I say the corporation they are asking one to get in contact with by "courtesy" has many complaints against it, and it's been a growing problem falling on deaf ears?
 
2012-10-26 10:21:37 PM
As a former resident, color me not at all surprised at the incompetency that the gov there is showing in handling this. The Palmetto State has a proud reputation at bungling serious issues (remember the epically disastrous Hurricane Floyd evac anyone? ) I hope to find out sometime next week if I am one of the effected (the phone number is FUBAR for me tonight)
 
2012-10-26 10:22:45 PM

Rufus Lee King: "Dag nabbit, I'm goin' just as fast as I can!"

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Does that phone book say Tardis High School?
 
2012-10-26 10:26:56 PM

cptjeff: Subby realizes that there are often multiple lines associated with any one number, right? You can call a single phone number, and any one of 50 people might pick up.

\Hotlines: how the fark do they work?


What if 5000 people call at the same time?
 
2012-10-26 10:33:09 PM
Were the hackers in the market to steal some broken-down trailers and food-stamps?
 
2012-10-26 10:54:23 PM
I had a horrible experience with that company Experian ... hope they got it worked out. here is an example of complaints

Link
 
2012-10-26 11:10:13 PM
I blame Obama
 
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