Breaking: Equifax Cybersecurity Breach

Posted by:  Service First
2017-09-08 09:03:34

Breaking: Equifax Cybersecurity Breach

 

What happened?

On September 7, Equifax announced a cybersecurity incident in which criminals gained access to personal files. The hack occurred between May and July of 2017 and compromised names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and some driver’s license and credit card numbers.

When Equifax learned of the attack, the company hired a security firm to investigate the incident and pursue legal action against the perpetrators. The investigation is ongoing and the company will provide updates in the coming weeks.

Please visit the following website for a message from the CEO of Equifax regarding the incident: https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/

 

Who was affected?

The data breach is estimated to have affected approximately 143 million US consumers. At this time, it does not appear that Equifax’s core consumer/commercial credit reporting databases have been affected.

To see if you have been affected, please visit Equifax’s Cybersecurity Incident website at https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/

 

How can you protect yourself?

In the aftermath of the breach, Equifax has established a website to provide educational and protection resources: https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/

Consumers are encouraged to enroll in complimentary for credit monitoring via the TrustedID Premier platform. Visit the Cybersecurity Incident website to see if you qualify for the complimentary service.

In addition, consumers can take extra steps to keep their data secure.

  • Keep an eye on your accounts and immediately report any strange or unauthorized charges
  • Periodically update login information for your financial accounts
  • Visit the Federal Trade Commission’s Website to review steps you can take to protect yourself from identity theft: www.ftc.gov/idtheft

 

If you have additional questions, Equifax has set up a dedicated call center to handle inquires about this breach.  

  • Call: 866-447-7559
  • 7:00 am – 1:00 am Eastern daily.

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