Windows 10: Credit rating giant Equifax admits hack; as many as 143 million affect

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       08 Sep 2017 #1

    Credit rating giant Equifax admits hack; as many as 143 million affect


    Equifax, one of the largest credit rating and reporting firm in the US, has become the latest company to reveal a data breach.

    The data includes names, social security numbers, birth dates, home addresses, and in some cases, driving license information.

    It's thought to be the largest data breach reported so far this year.

    As many as 143 million Americans are said to be affected, the company said, representing about half of the US population.

    The company said that 209,000 credit card numbers were accessed, and other personally identifiable information on 182,000 consumers were accessed by the hackers.

    Some UK and Canadian residents are also affected, the statement confirmed.
    A website has been set up to help consumers determine if they are affected.
    Credit rating giant Equifax admits hack; as many as 143 million affected | ZDNet

    Equifax data breach: Find out if you were one of 143 million hacked - CNET
    Last edited by Borg 386; 08 Sep 2017 at 11:35.
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       08 Sep 2017 #1

    Isn't that wonderful, especially if your name is on the list.
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  3.    08 Sep 2017 #2

    I am "Locked/Frozen" with them, will see what that really means in days to come.
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  4.    08 Sep 2017 #3

    meebers said: View Post
    I am "Locked/Frozen" with them, will see what that really means in days to come.
    I've done it a couple of times. Basically any new line of credit had to be approved by calling me on the phone and getting me to verify I wanted to open a account.
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       08 Sep 2017 #4

    We also have a credit freezes on all our credit reports. Monitoring only does so much and at this point, a credit freeze is the best option.

    Of course the trade off is you can't get instant credit, but it's a small price to pay for an extra layer of security.

    Not sure if certain accounts with credit freezes in place are locked down any tighter. The freeze means anyone inquiring about your history is forbidden from accessing it. If that made a difference in this instance remains to be seen.

    BTW, I have already called the number & was told that I would have to visit the Equifax website in order to get more details.

    Credit Freeze FAQs | Consumer Information
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       08 Sep 2017 #5

    Thanks for the Info Dr Borg.
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       08 Sep 2017 #6

    Borg 386 said: View Post
    We also have a credit freezes on all our credit reports. Monitoring only does so much and at this point, a credit freeze is the best option.

    Of course the trade off is you can't get instant credit, but it's a small price to pay for an extra layer of security.

    Not sure if certain accounts with credit freezes in place are locked down any tighter. The freeze means anyone inquiring about your history is forbidden from accessing it. If that made a difference in this instance remains to be seen.

    BTW, I have already called the number & was told that I would have to visit the Equifax website in order to get more details.

    Credit Freeze FAQs | Consumer Information
    How did you manage to get the freeze? I enrolled, but it won't let me enter the info until 9/12, the enrollment date. That's what it said anyway.
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  8.    08 Sep 2017 #7

    Enroll in Complimentary Identity Theft Protection | Equifax

    You can go to the above link and go part of the way through the "enroll" to find out if you are one of the 143 million who may have been affected.

    You enter the last 6 digits of your SSN and your last name.

    I was told I was NOT affected. Not sure why, since I know I had previously entered my full info at Equifax--maybe 8 years ago. Maybe only certain servers were compromised?

    The above link also lets you enroll for a year's free identity theft protection. I did NOT enroll as I figured that's just one more avenue to be hacked.
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       08 Sep 2017 #8

    essenbe said: View Post
    How did you manage to get the freeze? I enrolled, but it won't let me enter the info until 9/12, the enrollment date. That's what it said anyway.
    @essenbe

    You have to call them up & request a freeze. What you're applying for through that is credit monitoring. Credit monitoring is OK, but more often then not they let you know after something happened.

    Freeze your credit. Credit freezes make it harder for criminals to open credit cards in your name. You'll need to call each of the credit bureaus -- Equifax (1-800-349-9960), Experian (1‑888‑397‑3742) and TransUnion (1-888-909-8872) -- to freeze your credit.
    You will be asked to make or be assigned a PIN to unlock the freeze in case someone needs to access your credit report (Loans, insurance, etc.). Unlocking can take a couple days. Same with re-instating the freeze.

    Two of the agencies will allow a credit freeze for free & the other one (I forget which one) charges $5.

    If a place cannot access your credit score when someone is using your data to take out a loan or open a card account, in most cases they will not issue credit when the access to the credit info is frozen/blocked.

    Yeah, I know it's a PIA but it's worth having the extra protection, for what it's worth. Despite mine being frozen, I was informed I was at risk, so it's apparent they don't separate frozen credit info into protected databases.
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  10.    08 Sep 2017 #9

    I logged in and my account was breached. Rumor is that if you sign up for "free" monitoring, you give away your rights for any class action suit. I don't think I am going back on the 12th to further the process.
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