Senators may force release of data hacking report

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Associated Press

Posted on May 9, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Updated Friday, May 9 at 6:00 AM

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Sen. Vincent Sheheen has proposed forcing Gov. Nikki Haley's administration to release the full report on how millions of taxpayers' personal data was stolen in 2012.

Senators refused Thursday to kill Sheheen's budget amendment, with Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell casting the tie-breaking vote. Debate continues.

The proposal would require the Department of Revenue to post Mandiant's report on its website without blacking out any sections. The computer forensic firm was paid $750,000 to determine what happened and make recommendations to better secure taxpayers' information.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Larry Martin says Sheheen is playing politics with a law enforcement matter. Sheheen is challenging Haley in November.

Senators say people of South Carolina deserve the truth. They say the report could confirm a federal payment prevented the cyber-thief from selling the data.

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