Thursday September 7, 2017 – Equifax reveals that sometime between May and July of 2017, criminals hacked their system by exploiting a vulnerability in a website application to gain access to consumer credit information including;
– Birth Dates
– Social Security Numbers
– Drivers License Numbers
– Over 209,000 Credit Card Numbers
– Credit Dispute Documents for 182,000 Consumers
According to Equifax, this hack has affected as many as 143 million U.S. consumers. Equifax, is working with Federal and State authorities as well as a leading private security firm on investigating the data breach but, in the meantime they are reaching out and contacting consumers who’s information was compromised via email.
The hack also exposed data of an unknown number of UK and Canadian consumers which makes this a global disaster for Equifax and every consumer affected.
On top of everything, according to the SEC, 3 Equifax executives, including Chief Financial Officer (CFO) John Gamble Jr., sold nearly $2 million in Equifax stock days after the data breach was discovered.
The SEC declined to comment on the matter but, criminal charges may be pending.
You can find out if YOUR personal information was compromised by this hack at the following Equifax website: https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/potential-impact/
NOTE: This may be a great time to initiate a FREE fraud alert on your credit file to add an extra layer of security. And as always, keep an eye out for any suspicious activity on your credit reports. You can learn more about adding a Fraud Alert to your credit file at the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) website: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0275-place-fraud-alert
In response, Equifax is offering every consumer in the U.S. FREE ID Theft Protection and FREE Credit Monitoring. Here’s a short message from Rick Smith, Chairman and CEO of Equifax.
If your credit information was compromised and you’re dealing with Identity Theft, contact us at 800-750-1416 to find out how me can help you get your life back.