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Cyberattack affects at least 657,000 South Carolina businesses




Starting Friday, Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. will offer South Carolina businesses that have filed a tax return since 1998 a CreditAlert product, which will alert customers to changes taking place in their business credit file.



Staff Report
Published Nov. 1, 2012

At least 657,000 businesses have had their tax information jeopardized by a cyberattack on the S.C. Department of Revenue that occurred more than two weeks ago.

Gov. Nikki Haley, S.C. Law Enforcement Division Chief Mark Keel and DOR Director Jim Etter informed the public about this latest breech at a Statehouse press conference Wednesday.

Starting Friday, Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. will offer South Carolina businesses that have filed a tax return since 1998 a CreditAlert product, which will alert customers to changes taking place in their business credit file.

“They will do credit monitoring in real time for businesses. If you change your offices, they will contact you. If you change your bank they will contact you. If anything associated with your business changes, they will contact you to make sure it is a change that you (requested),” Haley said during the press conference.

She also said that U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., has contacted the Internal Revenue Service, which agreed to allow businesses to change their employer identification number if they want to.

D&B Credibility has agreed to waive the costs for businesses that have filed tax returns since 1998. Business owners can sign up by visiting http://www.dandb.com/sc/ beginning Friday or can call customer service at 800-279-9881.

“When our nation or our states are in need, Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. will drop everything to help.  We are honored to serve this great state and tremendous governor,” D&B Credibility Chairman and CEO Jeff Stibel said.

Also, Experian is offering affected South Carolina businesses Business Credit Advantage — a self-monitoring service that allows unlimited access to a company’s business credit report and score. Beginning Thursday, South Carolina businesses can sign up for the service at http://www.smartbusinessreports.com/SouthCarolina.

Previous coverage

Cyberattack puts IDs of 3.6M South Carolinians at risk
Revenue Department ‘not sure’ if hacker compromised business accounts

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