Equifax CEO and Chairman, Rick Smith, reports in this video facts surrounding the Equifax Cyber Breach.
On September 7, 2017, Equifax Inc., announced a cybersecurity incident potentially impacting 143 million U.S. consumers. Criminals exploited a U.S. website application vulnerability to gain access to certain files. Based on the company’s investigation, the unauthorized access occurred from mid-May through July 2017. The company has found no evidence of unauthorized activity on Equifax’s core consumer or commercial credit reporting databases.
The information accessed primarily includes names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and in some instances, driver’s license numbers. Equifax created a dedicated website www.equifaxsecurity2017.com, to help consumers determine whether their information has been potentially impacted and to sign up for credit file monitoring and identity theft protection. This protection is called TrustedID Premier and includes three-Bureau credit monitoring of Equifax, Experian and TransUnion 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 — all complimentary to U.S. consumers for one year. The website also provides additional information on steps consumers can take to protect their personal information. Equifax recommends that consumers with additional questions visit www.equifaxsecurity2017.com, or contact a dedicated call center at: 866-447-7559. The call center is open ever day (including weekends) from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. Easter Time.
Some credit card numbers and disputed documents with personal identifying information were also impacted — these folks will receive a direct mail notices from Equifax.
Watch the video (above), visit their website, and/or call their call center for more information.
Tips to protect your identity: New York Times
and tips from Social Security Administration:
PO Box 740241
Atlanta, GA 30374
PO Box 9554
Allen, TX 75013
PO Box 2000
Chester, PA 19016
600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20580; 1-877-IDTHEFT (438-4338)