1.5 million sign up for SC's credit monitoring

Children of those who signed up for credit monitoring have until May 31 to sign up

COLUMBIA (WACH/AP)â??In September of 2012, hackers stole the electronic information of nearly four million individual tax returns and more than 650,000 business returns that had been filed with the state of South Carolina.

In the wake of the attack, lawmakers struck a $12 million deal with credit monitoring service Experian to provide monitoring to residents who sign up for the service. Since the announcement, nearly 1.5 million people have taken advantage of the 1 year of service paid by the state.

The deadline to sign up was March 31, however, those how have signed up have until May 31 to enroll their children, if they qualify.

State lawmakers and Gov. Nikki Haley are considering offers to extend the credit protection beyond a year, and a bill under consideration in the Senate would extend the protection for 10 years.

(The AP contributed to this report)