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First SC hacking victims come forward

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One month ago, the secret service called the state of South Carolina to say you've been hacked.

An international hacker stole 4-million Social Security numbers and bank account information from state tax payers and businesses. The information came right out of the State Revenue Department's databases.

The governor said it could take several months before the hackers strike, but it appears it only took a matter of days for one South Carolina couple.

Under the cover of darkness millions of hackers across the world, using millions of key strokes, spend days and nights bilking Americans out of billions of dollars each year.

These criminals known as hackers, hide in an online underworld, and the ones who finance them have made victims out of billions of people.

Disguised by phony I-P addresses and a complicated network of servers these criminals get in and get out long before anyone ever knew they were there.

"The transactions actually started November 2ND, is when they started hitting my bank account," said hacking victim, Tina Mather.

Tina and Wade Mather never saw it coming. The couple's catering company's bank account was hacked and drained out of 4-thousand dollars.

The only place they had that information stored online was on the State Revenue Department's server.

The couple kept it there to make it easier to pay their employee's monthly withholding taxes.

Tina and Wade own a small catering company and with 4-thousand dollars out of their bank account they're worried about their business's future.

"It was very surprising when we get up one morning and found thousands of dollars missing from our account and that's when the reality really set in, like, oh my goodness, this is not going to be good," said Wade.

The Mathers thought they were safe, after signing up immediately for the credit monitoring and blocks the governor told tax payers to take advantage of. But that wasn't enough.

"The largest single transaction was to a real estate company in Atlanta, Georgia," Tina added.

Their records show ten withdrawals of more than 37-hundred dollars over two days.

One charge was to Georgia Power, an online bill pay center for $900, routed through a Boston real estate firm to a realtor in Atlanta.

After the discovery, the couple's first call was to the McCormick County Sheriff where they filed a report, then to the bank to shut down their account.

Tina and Wade don't know whether they'll ever see their money again and say the people who were supposed to protect this information, need to own up to their failure.

"They're trying to make light of the situation and I think they need to step forward and they need to say," said Tina. "They need to educate everyone on exactly what's happened, take responsibility for what's happened and then help those of us who are truly victims of this situation."

The Mather's bank has opened an investigation into the stolen money and they don't know whether they'll get their money back.     

It might take a week before we could find how this hacker got into the D-O-R's system, and where this person is.

The governor is still waiting on SLED to finish a preliminary investigative report, which was due last week.

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