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ALERT: Equifax Data Breach: What to Do


The Federal Trade Commission just published an update on the Equifax Breach and how you can find out if you are affected and what action to take now. 

The Equifax Data Breach: What to Do

by Seena Gressin, Attorney, Division of Consumer & Business Education, FTC

If you have a credit report, there’s a good chance that you may be one of the 143 million American consumers whose sensitive personal information was exposed in a data breach at Equifax, one of the nation’s three major credit reporting agencies. 

Here are the facts, according to Equifax:

Today, Equifax  announced a cybersecurity incident potentially impacting approximately 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 hackers accessed people's names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, drivers' license numbers.  They also stole credit card numbers from about 209,000 people and dispute documents with personal identifying information for about 182,000 people.

Equifax has established a website that consumers can access to see if they were impacted by the breach. In addition, Equifax is offering free Identity Theft Protection and Credit File Monitoring to all U.S. consumers that can also be accessed from the website. 

Read more: - Equifax 

The Equifax Data Breach: What to Do - Federal Trade Commission

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