A Social Security card is displayed on a table. (File/FOX Carolina)
COLUMBIA, SC (AP/FOX Carolina) -
South Carolina tax agency officials said 200,000 more tax returns were hacked than originally reported.
The Public Information Director for the South Carolina Department of Revenue said the initial 3.6 million taxpayers affected was an early estimate.
"To date, the number of taxpayers that were affected is approximately 3.8 million," the spokeswoman said.
Officials said about 657,000 business returns were also hacked. Additionally, the revenue department said they have hired a public relations office to help handle the security breach situation, to create and place advertisements, etc.
The department said Chernoff Newman was hired a week prior to the first press conference held Oct. 26, and was recommended to them by the Department of Health and Human Services. The PR services will cost about $160,000, the spokeswoman said.
Nearly 700,000 people have signed up for free credit monitoring because of the hacking incident.
The state has set up a year of daily monitoring of the three credit bureaus and a lifetime of over-the-phone help on resolving identity theft after it happens. People are asked to visit protectmyid.com/scdor and enter code SCDOR123 or call 1-866-578-5422 to determine if their Social Security number was accessed.
Haley said last week that Dun and Bradstreet Credibility Corp. will offer free credit-monitoring service to any businesses affected by the hacking case. She said the businesses can sign up for the service at dandb.com/sc or by calling 800-279-9881.
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