South Carolina Legal Services Provide Data Security Incident Reporting

Published: Oct 13 2021 at 4:00 PM CDT|Updated: 9 hours ago

COLUMBIA, SC, Oct 13 2021 /PRNewswire/ — South Carolina Legal Services (“SCLS”) recently learned of a data security incident that may have affected personal information of certain current and former customers, current, former and prospective employees, including contractors and suppliers. SCLS has sent a report of this incident to potentially affected individuals and has provided resources to assist them.

on June 28, 2021, SCLS discovered that our systems were encrypted. Upon discovery, we took immediate steps to secure our systems before they were recovered. In addition, we engaged external cybersecurity experts to investigate the source and extent of the incident.

As a result of this investigation, SCLS discovered that certain files and folders within its network were being accessed without permission. SCLS then performed a comprehensive assessment of the contents of the files and folders and, on September 21, 2021, 2021, learned that personal information of certain SCLS customers, employees, and suppliers was in the affected dataset. SCLS then took steps to identify the current mailing addresses to complete the notification to the affected individuals.

We have no reason to believe that the information in question has been or will be misused. Nevertheless, we have notified potentially affected individuals of the incident out of an abundance of caution so that they can take appropriate steps to protect their personal information.

The information in the affected dataset may vary from person to person, but may include names, social security numbers, and driver’s license numbers.

SCLS also reported the matter to the FBI and will provide all cooperation necessary to hold the perpetrators to account.

SCLS has established a toll-free call center to answer questions about the incident and address related concerns. Call center agents are available Monday through Friday from: 9:00 am9:00 am east and can be reached at (833) 325-1773.

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