Local impact on Equifax data breach

Local impact on Equifax data breach

Local impact on Equifax data breach

An estimated 143 million names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and driver's license numbers were all stolen in a security breach of credit rating agency Equifax.

The Federal Trace Commission is investigating credit reporting agency Equifax for a massive data breach that left the personal financial data of 13 million Americans at risk of theft.

"We continue to work with law enforcement as part of our criminal investigation, and have shared indicators of compromise with law enforcement", Equifax said in a statement on Wednesday.

Anyone in the US who has a bank account or who ever had a auto loan or mortgage is likely affected by the Equifax hack, and sensitive information such as name, address, Social Security number and driver's license number may have been exposed to hackers.

Hackers in the Equifax data breach now have some of your most valuable personal information.

Government agencies acting in response to court orders or a judge - think subpoenas or search warrants - could also gain access to your credit report. Here's how you can protect yourself by initiating a credit freeze.

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Sen. Sherrod Brown says the company's offer of credit monitoring for one year is not enough. The company says it is also mailing notices to consumers whose credit card numbers or dispute documents were exposed. The company has lost $6 billion in shareholder value, about one-third of its total value, since disclosing the breach on September 7.

Freeze your credit. First and foremost, consumers should strongly consider freezing their credit before they are impacted by a data breach in the first place. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-New York, said Thursday that Equifax executives should testify before the Senate.

It seems the only thing Equifax has done right so far, is finally removing their charge to freeze your credit report. "My best advice - get signed up for online services and alerts with your bank and credit card companies".

You can always view your credit report for free once a year at AnnualCreditReport.com or by calling 877-322-8228. Alerts force credits to verify you're really you before extending credit.

Since Equifax announced the breach last week, the Attorney General's office has received a number of calls from concerned Arkansans - and hopes more will do the same.

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