South Carolina Cyber Attacks

Infrastructure Affected

Public Safety
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Public Safety

Bluffton Township Fire District, Beaufort County

Breach Type – Unknown, Ransomware

Fox 28 Media

  • Nearly seven months worth of data frozen in cyberattack
  • IT personnel restored data with help from National Guard
  • Fire personnel noticed computer systems operating slower
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Jasper County Computer Systems, Jasper County

Breach Type – Unknown, Ransomware


  • Jasper County, South Carolina hit with ransomware cyberattack
  • Sheriff's office forced to enter data from when systems were down
  • FBI and local authorities investigated attack, cost for fix remained unreported
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City of Lancaster, Lancaster Dispatcher, Lancaster County

Breach Type - Phishing, Malware

The Lancaster News

  • City’s email server compromised, suspicious emails sent out via the municipal court and a dispatcher
  • Emails contained malicious attachment
  • County has blocked email from City officials
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The Lancaster News

  • City officials announce Zero Day virus responsible for compromise
  • Security software cannot protect against it
  • A patch is being developed, in the meantime the city’s anti-virus software stripped malware from document attachments
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Mt. Pleasant PD

Breach Type - Ransomware

The Post and Courier

  • Ransomware traced to email account
  • Isolated two infected computers
  • Department restored files through backups
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The Post and Courier

  • PD did not have to pay ransom to recover computer system
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Local Government

Berkeley County Government Systems, Berkeley County

Breach Type – Unknown, Malware

Journal Scene

  • Officials noticed unusual activity caused by ransomware
  • County systems were taken offline to prevent further damage
  • IT advised that system scans would occur before brought back online
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Town of Mount Pleasant, Charleston County

Breach Type – Phishing, Other

The Post and Courier

  • Mount Pleasant was victim of phishing cyberattack
  • Employee email credentials stolen, phishing email sent to contacts
  • Officials believed no resident information was leaked
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Oconee County Government Systems, Oconee County

Breach Type - Unknown, Malware


  • The Sheriffs office had released statements notifying the public about a recent malware attack that affected servers in the office
  • All affected servers were taken offline to isolate the malware and allow for restoration to begin as proper agencies were notified
  • It was noted that this attack was not a threat to the public and had been properly suppressed
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  • It was unknown the full reach and extent of the attack and how it had affected the servers
  • There was still uncertainty of whether or not this attack qualifies as a data breach or if the attack was intended to hold the government systems for ransom
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Spartanburg Co. Libraries

Breach Type - Ransomware


  • Ransomware attack disrupts operations for Spartanburg Co. Libraries
  • Hackers demand 3.6-3.8 bitcoins – roughly $35,000
  • Ransomware got into system through infected email opened by library employee
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Mount Pleasant Town Hall, Charleston Co.

Breach Type - Phishing

Post and Courier

  • South Carolina's fourth-largest city hit with email phishing attack
  • Employee fooled by email & entered credentials into malicious link
  • Hackers used credentials to send out phishing emails from Mount Pleasant employee account
  • Town network was not compromised
  • Infected account isolated
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Roper St. Francis Hospital, Charleston County

Breach Type – Phishing, Data Breach

ABC News 4

  • Officials disclosed 6,000 patients were affected by a phishing scam leaving them with exposed sensitive personal information
  • Almost a month following the breach is when it was discovered by officials
  • Not all patients were affected and complementary credit monitoring services were offered to those who were affected directly
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Tidelands Health Hospital System, Georgetown County

Breach Type – Unknown, Ransomware


  • Patients filed lawsuit against healthcare provider
  • Private medical information was likely leaked
  • Healthcare facility failed to report data breach
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Roper St. Francis Healthcare, Charleston County

Breach Type - Phishing, Data Breach

Data Breaches

  • Hackers may have infiltrated employee’s email accounts
  • Some sensitive private information may have been accessed
  • Complimentary credit monitoring and protection services offered to those affected
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Lexington Medical Center

Breach Type - Phishing

Cola Daily

  • Hacker accessed employee information database through phishing scheme
  • All private data of current and former employees potentially affected
  • Patient data was unaffected by breach
  • Lexington promptly secured server, working with cybersecurity teams to further investigate
  • Offered employees free credit monitoring and identity theft protection services
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Pickens County School District, Pickens County

Breach Type – Unknown, DDoS


  • A large scale DDOS was able to impact many students devices and sparked many outages
  • The origin of the attack is still unknown and may not have directly targeted the district but still affected the districts operations
  • Portals and lessons were rendered offline for 2 hours and soon resumed the following day
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Spartanburg County School District One, Spartanburg County

Breach Type - Unknown, Ransomware


  • Ransomware used in cyberattack against school system
  • District had difficulty with network following attack
  • Officials confirmed that attack was ransomware
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Greenwood School District 51, Laurens County

Breach Type - Phishing, Other

Index Journal

  • An investigation uncovered a hack within one of the computers
  • $1,200 was recovered after pending investigations
  • No student data was at risk and all passwords were changed
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Chester County School District

Breach Type - Ransomware


  • Ransomware attack infected Chester County School District network through malicious email link
  • No personal data compromised
  • Hired a specialist on site to assist district
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Dorchester District

Breach Type - Ransomware

Post & Courier

  • Ransomware attack affected 25 of 65 District servers
  • District paid $2,900 to retrieve data from hackers
  • 24 of 25 servers fully restored
  • No student or staff data compromised
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Coastal Carolina University, Horry County

Breach Type - Phishing

WBTW News 13

  • Coastal Carolina University falls victim to spear-phishing scheme
  • Hackers posed as University vendors
  • Over $1M payments made to hackers
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Lexington School District

Breach Type - Phishing


  • Lexington School District falls victim to spear-phishing scheme
  • Employee sent 2016 W-2 information to hacker
  • District offered free credit monitoring for 12 months to those potentially affected
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Horry County Schools

Breach Type - Ransomware


  • Ransomware infected Horry County Schools' system
  • More than 100 servers shut down to prevent spread of malware
  • Hackers demanded between $7,000-$8,000 ransom
  • School district has refused to pay, claimed no personal information had been compromised
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