Democratic senator asks if SC paid hacker a ransom

By SEANNA ADCOXAssociated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A Democratic senator has asked Gov. Nikki Haley whether South Carolina paid a ransom to the computer hacker who stole millions of taxpayers' personal information last fall.

Sen. Brad Hutto on Wednesday told senators about his hand-delivered letter.

The Orangeburg Democrat called on Haley to reveal any knowledge of a ransom related to the cyber-breach at the Revenue Department. He asked for an immediate response, noting the Legislature is working on a state budget that spends tens of millions of dollars on the debacle.

Representatives for Haley and the Revenue Department referred questions to the State Law Enforcement Division and U.S. Secret Service. Messages to those agencies were not immediately returned.

Emails previously obtained by The Associated Press in response to public records requests did not indicate any ransom.

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