Horry County business owners are taking advantage of free credit monitoring, one week after millions of tax forms were hacked from the South Carolina Department of Revenue. Among them, Brent Justice, owner of Motionworks Multimedia.
"Owning your business is a dream come true. This could be one of the things that takes the rug right out from under you," Justice said.
Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. launched free credit reports for all South Carolina businesses on their website Friday morning. Businesses can also call 1-800-279-9881. The company isn't charging businesses or the state for the service.
"I went to it right away," he said.
Wednesday, Governor Haley announced approximately 657,000 businesses may have been impacted by what experts call the largest cyber-attack against a state tax agency in the nation.
That's in addition to the 3.6 million individual South Carolina tax returns from as far back as 1998 that were also compromised.
"You know when you do everything by the book and everything right, and something comes a long. You can't prepare for something like that," Justice said.
The hackers were able to access state EINs or (Employer Identification Numbers) assigned to businesses.
Justice tried to search for his business to sign up for the free service, but had difficulty puling up his results.
"It wasn't listed," he said.
He called the toll free number for help, and was told by a service representative that he would be emailed a form to fill out, and then assigned an ID in about five days.
"It was a big relief," Justice said. "It just feels like somebody cares."
The state has also contracted with Experian, a credit monitoring company, to give taxpayers a free service for one year and fraud resolution protection for life. That will cost South Carolina $12 million dollars.
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