09/08/2017: Equifax Discloses Massive Consumer Data Breach
Consumer credit reporting bureau, Equifax announced a major data breach affecting approximately 143 million Americans. The company said that from mid-May through the end of July 2017, criminals exploited an Equifax website vulnerability to access names, social security numbers, birth dates, addresses and in some cases driver’s licenses.
The company also said that about 209,000 Americans’ credit card numbers were accessed, along with credit dispute documents with personally identifying information for 182,000 consumers. “The company has found no evidence of unauthorized activity on Equifax’s core consumer or commercial credit reporting databases,” it said.
If your data was included in the breach, the company urges you to sign up for credit monitoring and identity theft protection offered by TrustedID, an Equifax subsidiary. This service is FREE for 12 months to those U.S. consumers impacted by the breach.
Equifax will also mail notices to consumers whose credit card numbers or dispute documents were breached. Again, you may check the Equifax website to see if your information is included in this data breach.