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Equifax Announces Cybersecurity Incident

On 9/7/17 Equifax  - one of the largest credit bureau reporting agencies in America – announced that a massive data breach occurred potentially affecting up to 143 million U.S. consumers.  Personal data such as names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, addresses, and even some driver’s license numbers, were involved in the breach.  In some cases, the records also included actual credit card numbers.  Equifax stated the unauthorized access occurred from mid-May through July 2017.

One of the first questions an individual might ask – “Was I affected?”

Equifax has established a dedicated website, www.equifaxsecurity2017.com, to help determine if your information was potentially impacted. There is also a dedicated call center at 866-447-7559, which is open daily (including weekends) from 7:00 AM to 1:00 AM Eastern Time.

Equifax has indicated they will send direct mail notices to consumers whose credit card numbers were impacted.

Is there anything else I can do?”

Equifax is offering  complimentary credit file monitoring and identity theft protection through Trusted ID Premier for one year. 

This service includes 3-Bureau credit monitoring of Equifax, Trans Union and Experian credit reports; copies of Equifax credit reports; the ability to lock and unlock Equifax credit reports; identity theft insurance; and Internet scanning for Social Security numbers.

For assistance or questions related to enrollment, please contact Equifax.

Additional Links

Large security breaches such as this one help remind us to be vigilant and proactive in keeping our personal information secure.  For more information on how you can help protect yourself, check out the Federal Trade Commission’s website at www.consumer.ftc.gov

Sample articles:
      https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0272-how-keep-your-personal-information-secure
      https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/topics/online-security
      https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0497-credit-freeze-faqs