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Signups for new SC credit monitoring begin Oct. 24

Signups for new SC credit monitoring begin Oct. 24

From the Associated Press:

COLUMBIA, SC -

Enrollment begins next week for a new, state-paid monitoring service for South Carolinians in the wake of a massive hacking of state records.

Gov. Nikki Haley said Tuesday that, beginning Oct. 24, anyone affected by the hacking of millions of records at the Department of Revenue can sign up for protection from CSIdentity Corp.

South Carolina is paying the Texas company up to $8.5 million to provide credit monitoring to people affected by the September 2012 theft of unencrypted information from Revenue's computer servers.

Credit bureau Experian had been doing that work for nearly 1.5 million people under a no-bid, $12 million contract. Everyone affected by the hacking is eligible for CSID's services, but the service will not transfer, so they'll have to sign up again.

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The State of South Carolina and CSID say that taxpayers impacted by last years' SC Department of Revenue security breach can begin enrolling in the state-provided identity protection coverage beginning October 24, 2013.

Eligible taxpayers can sign up for the identity protection coverage through scidprotection.com or by calling 855-880-2743. Enrollment will remain open until October 1, 2014. CSID's service will end on October 31, 2014, unless the State chooses to renew the contract.

Until CSID enrollment is open, taxpayers are encouraged to visit www.scidprotection.com for more information about the services provided, or contact CSID now at 855-880-2743 for more information and to leave a number for call back when enrollment becomes available.

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