Columbia, S.C. (WLTX) - The State Department of Employment and Workforce is responding to concerns that it's website was hacked Saturday, saying the site was 'defaced'.
Spokesperson Adrienne Fairwell released a statement late Saturday night, after an inquiry from News19.
Just after 6:00pm, News19 received a phone call from a viewer who indicated DEW's website appeared to have been hacked. We checked out the site for ourselves and found an image that claimed the site had indeed been hacked.
The image posted on the state agency's home page specifically stated 'South Carolina' and says 'This site was hacked'. The web browser showed the page popped up for the web address 'dew.sc.gov', the website for the SC Department of Employment and Workforce.
At the bottom of the image, a YouTube link was listed.
News19 reached out to DEW, the State Law Enforcement Division and the Office of Governor Nikki Haley. After spending some time investigating, DEW released the following statement:
" At 6:30 pm on December 22, 2012, a malicious user defaced the agency's website, DEW.SC.GOV. The agency's division of information technology immediately took the website offline to remove the defacement. There was no personal identifying information compromised. The DEW.SC.GOV website contains public information about the agency and the federal programs that it administers. Simply put, the user replaced one DEW website, the main page, with a message. This is commonly referred to as "website defacement."
Website defacement is an attack on a website that changes the visual appearance of the site or a webpage. This can be compared graffiti on a wall.
"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.
Personal identifying information and other sensitive information are protected by these multiple layers of security infrastructure and none of this information was accessed, released or lost.
We take this and any attempts to obtain personal identifying information and sensitive data very seriously," said DEW Executive Director Abraham J. Turner. "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."