Lawmakers Want Answers in SC Hackings

9:00 PM, Jan 2, 2013   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- South Carolina has faced two hacking incidents in recent months and as state lawmakers return to work many want answers.

"I think there's some explaining to do and tons of questions to be asked," said Rep. Bakari Sellers, a Bamberg County Democrat.  "I think the most important thing that we'll look at is why we've been hacked in this state three times."

Thursday a ten person investigative house committee will again take up the topic of the state's department of revenue hacking. 

Sellers, a member of the panel, says he wants to know more about the state's spending in response to the breach. 

"The $20 million that the budget and control board appropriated without any oversight to sole source or no bid contracts is something we're going to examine, why that happened," said Sellers about details he's interested in learning more on.  He says this will be the group's second meeting, and he expects at least four more.

Sellers says he is not just interested in the Department of Revenue hacking.  He also has questions about what the state Department of Employment and Workforce calls a defacement of its website.

About two weeks ago, a News19 viewer tipped us off after someone posted a message on DEW's site saying it had been hacked.

Sellers says he is not confident with the agency's response that nothing was compromised.

"You gotta understand we just came from the largest hacking in the history of this state, and the first response that was given to us from the governor's office was that everything was okay, this is something that we couldn't have prevented, then you find out that wait a minute for $25,000 we could have actually prevented it so, we don't trust much that comes," he said.

Sellers says they will have to do their own research and ask questions in addition to using the information they receive at meetings to work toward creating a piece of legislation to prevent hackings from continuing to plague the state.

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