Update expected on massive SC tax return hacking case

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Gov. Nikki Haley and other state officials are scheduled to give an update on a hacking incident it's believed may have compromised millions of South Carolina tax returns.

Haley's office has scheduled a news conference on Tuesday with State Law Enforcement Division Chief Mark Keel and state Department of Revenue director Jim Etter.

Officials announced last week that up to 3.6 million returns from as far back as 1998 may have been compromised by the international hacker, who likely penetrated the Department of Revenue's system a month before the breach was detected by the U.S. Secret Service.

On Monday, Haley said South Carolina used the same standards as banks and other private institutions when it decided not to encrypt Social Security numbers on the database that was hacked.

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