SC Revenue Dept seeks loan to cover hacking costs

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP/WCIV) - The South Carolina agency that maintains the taxpayer records accessed by an international hacker wants help paying for expenses related to the breach.

The Greenville News reports Tuesday the Department of Revenue is asking the state Budget and Control Board for a $20 million loan.

The request is part of an agenda for a meeting that panel is holding Wednesday. Documents don't show a breakdown for the request, but a spokesman for Gov. Nikki Haley says the loan would include money toward the state's $12 million contract with Experian for credit monitoring.

"Our goal is that we keep going. {}You know that priorities in a budges are how you choose to spend. So, what we're going to do, you know, is try and now make sure that we have cyber planning in place. {}Now make sure that we have things in place. {}This is no different than a hurricane, you do what you have to do when you have to do it. {}It doesn't mean you have to increase taxes to do it," Haley said.

In October, Haley announced that the tax returns of 3.8 million residents and 700,000 businesses had been stolen from Revenue Department computer servers in the largest hacking of a state agency in the nation's history.