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The Equifax Breach: Were You Affected?

Equifax, one of three major consumer credit reporting agencies, announced on September 7th, that hackers gained access to its company data and may have exposed the sensitive information of 143 million American consumers. The compromised data included names, birth dates, social security numbers, and, in some instances, driver’s license numbers. Equifax reported over 200,000 credit card numbers were exposed in the breach, which was first discovered on July 29th.

Individuals who are not a current customer of Equifax may have data that was compromised during the breach. As one of the top credit reporting agencies, Equifax receives information from multiple financial institutions, including credit card companies, banks, lenders, and retailers to help determine a person’s credit score.

Equifax established a dedicated website and phone number for individuals to verify if they were affected by the breach and to sign up for a free identity theft protection and credit file monitoring product called TrustedID Premier. Equifax will be mailing notices to individuals who it believes may have been affected by the breach.

Until additional details are discovered, and clarity is gained on which records were exposed, our recommendation is for individuals to closely monitor their credit card and bank statements for any unusual activity. If you suspect your credit card or personal information has been compromised, engaging in a credit freeze will lock your Social Security number on your credit report, and prevent criminals from opening new lines of credit.

For more information on the breach and to verify if you were affected, visit Equifax’s dedicated website.

For more information on when and how to setup a credit freeze, visit the Federal Trade Commission’s website.

If you’d like to discuss cybersecurity and your organization further, our team is here to help. You can contact our Cybersecurity and Compliance Director by email at dresnick@ksmconsulting.com or phone at 317-452-1646.


About the Author

Dan Resnick is the Cybersecurity Practice Director for KSM Consulting. Dan leads the cybersecurity practice in developing innovative solutions to today’s complex security, risk, and compliance challenges. Connect with him on LinkedIn.