Following the Thursday announcement that it has suffered a data breach that has resulted in the compromise of sensitive information (including SSNs) of some 143 million USA individuals, Equifax has set up a site through which people can check whether they have been affected.
Since the breach, many have lodged freezes with Equifax.
The credit agencies will ask for your personal information including your name, address, date of birth and Social Security number. The fee is waived in some places for varying conditions, such as if someome has been a victim of identity theft or is on active duty for the military. (EFX - Free Report) is in question as very sensitive personal data of approximately 143 million consumers has been stolen from the credit information provider's database.
"The only weapon consumers have is these lawsuits to get the companies to basically treat their information with the care it deserves", Weston said.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation didn't immediately respond to emails and a phone message requesting comment about its possible involvement in an investigation. You probably wouldn't use that bank ever again. Several politicians and consumer groups have criticized this provision.
- Consider freezing your credit reports.
Taking an inventory of your accounts and passwords.
To check whether you have been impacted by the Equifax data breach, please visit: https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/potential-impact/. Some lawyers have said they may file securities fraud lawsuits over the share price decline. This will stop hackers from creating new accounts under your name. "Lifetime credit monitoring. Reimbursement for all other freezes". You'll need to freeze all three reports for the best protection. But it's free for residents of some states, including Maine, New Jersey and SC.
Be vigilant in checking your accounts and your credit. Such PINs could potentially be brute-forced by someone attempting to unlock a credit report for the objective of identity theft. The report stays open and is updated to keep track of your debts, payments and other information. "Equifax got caught trying to profit from a massive security breach and the outrage from consumers and advocates made them reverse their position". If you use Wi-Fi, make sure that you are using a secure Wi-Fi connection before submitting your personal information. People trying to find out if they were affected have gotten some confusing or contradictory information.
The site where Mashable uncovered the information is now offline. If you believe you've been a victim of identity theft, you should also contact law enforcement.
Potentially, a lot of people.
While their services are essential to the USA economy, the credit-reporting bureaus don't have the same regulatory oversight as the financial industry. The company didn't announce the breach until months later to consumers.
After news of the breach became public, it was revealed that three senior executives at Equifax, including the company's chief financial officer, sold nearly $2 million worth of the company's shares just days after it learned of the hack.