Update: December 28, 2012
State police are investigating the defacement of a South Carolina state agency website.
The Department of Employment and Workforce said Thursday that the agency was also discontinuing the use of certain software. On Dec. 22, an image appeared on the agency's website claiming, "This site was hacked."
The agency says no sensitive data was exposed.
The State Law Enforcement Division is also playing a role into the investigation of a massive hack of the state Department of Revenue in September. That breach exposed 3.8 million Social Security numbers, 3.3 million bank account numbers and information belonging to nearly 700,000 businesses.
SLED says it's unaware of any connection between the website hacking and the data breach at the Department of Revenue.
December 24, 2012
South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce Spokesperson Adrienne Fairwell tells 7 On Your Side, the agency is looking into a "website defacement."
Fairwell says someone defaced the website DEW.SC.GOV around 6:30 p.m. Saturday. The agency's technology team took the website offline to look into the matter and remove the defacement.
Sunday morning, the homepage for the agency was up and running.
Fairwell says the department has no evidence any personal information was compromised.
“DEW has multiple layers of security infrastructure in place and this layered approach allows for overlapping lines of defense working together to protect agency assets,” said Neil Adcox, interim assistant executive director for Information Technology in a news release.
“We take this and any attempts to obtain personal identifying information and sensitive data very seriously,” said DEW Executive Director Abraham J. Turner in a release. “Due to multiple levels of security the agency has in place, a more serious event was averted. We will continue to monitor, identify and eliminate vulnerabilities.”
Experts at Computer Handyman in Greenville say it appears only images were changed on the website and multiple layers of security coding and jaza script protected yoru information.
after a database on the Department of Revenue's website was hacked, the Governor put new safeguards in place.
Governor Nikki Haley signed an executive order requiring her cabinet agencies to use a state computer monitoring service.
That means someone will be watching the computer networks around the clock making it more likely they'll spot anything suspicious.
The state has also bought a new piece of equipment that shuts down a computer if a large file is being moved, when it shouldn't be.
Expert Danny Brown at Computer Handyman said many hackers don't bother hacking into personal computers because it's time consuming and the pay off isn't as great as a bigger corporation.
Brown said most people who are hacked either visited a bogus website, used the same password for all their logins or their password was leaked.
You can visit the Computer Handyman website to run a phishing scam to determing if a website you are questioning is real. You should also make sure the website matches the .com, you're at.
If your security has been compromised change your password immediately. If you change it before the hacker can use it you're safe. A misspelling is an obvious indicator it could be a phony site.
Brown recommends always having some type of antivirus software. You can pay for software or download free software, Brown said they work the same way.
Some of his recommendations are