COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The former information technology security officer for the South Carolina Department of Revenue says the security of taxpayer information didn't get the attention it deserved at the agency.
Scott Shealy testified Thursday before a special House committee investigating how a hacker accessed 4 million state tax returns, getting information like Social Security numbers and bank account numbers. His hands and voice often shook as he spoke.
Shealy left the Revenue Department in September 2011, a year before the hacker attacked. He says in his five years of watching the computer systems he didn't think his bosses made securing sensitive information a priority.
Shealy says after he left he thinks agency bosses paid even less attention to keeping data secure. He now handles computer information for Chief Justice Jean Toal