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DEW: A malicious user defaced the agency's website'

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The SC Department of Employment and Workforce has responded to concerns about their website being hacked early Saturday, and says the website is back online and fully operational after a user ‘defaced' their site.

When visitors tried to visit the site, a message appeared stating "This Site Was Hacked".

DEW issued this 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."

The agency also says the website has multiple levels of security, so no personal information was released, lost or stolen.

This incident follows the hacking of the SC Department of Revenue back in October that put millions of SC residents' personal information at risk. 

WIS will bring you more information on this story as it becomes available.



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