Lawsuit over SC hacking case names Haley as defendant

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCIV) -- A class action lawsuit filed Wednesday says Gov. Nikki Haley and other state officials failed to protect millions of South Carolina residents victimized by a recent security breach.

The breach affected nearly four million residents who filed tax returns dating back to 1998.

In a news release, John Hawkins -- a former South Carolina state senator -- said Haley and officials with the state Department of Revenue failed to adequately protect those victims. Hawkins said state officials violated state law that requires "prompt disclosure" of such breaches.

"This hacking amounts to a 'Cyber Hurricane' and it's a Category 5," said Hawkins in the news release. "Tragically for the people of South Carolina, there were cost-effective, non-cumbersome steps that could have been taken by these defendants, but for whatever reason they were not."

The lawsuit names Haley, DOR Director Jim Etter and the revenue department as defendants. The court documents were filed in Richland County.

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