SC Senate panel looking into Revenue hacking

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The director of the state Revenue Department says his agency did not have a computer security officer for nearly a year before a hacker stole the personal data of millions of taxpayers.

Jim Etter told senators Wednesday the position was vacant from September 2011 through August. That's the month a hacker gained access to the agency's system.

Etter says the agency's former chief information officer took over the additional duties in the interim. Etter said that information officer could not find anyone willing to accept the job for a $100,000 salary.

Etter says the former information officer resigned in September for reasons unrelated to the hacking.

The Senate oversight panel is investigating the breach that exposed information on 3.8 million individual filers and 700,000 businesses.