Equifax, a consumer credit reporting agency that’s considered one of the three largest American credit agencies in the United States, has confirmed they’ve been hacked. This means that approximately 143 million customers across the country have had important information, including Social Security numbers, compromised.
Based on the company’s investigation, the unauthorized access occurred from mid-May through July 2017. The company has found no evidence of unauthorized activity on Equifax’s core consumer or commercial credit reporting databases.
The information accessed primarily includes names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver’s license numbers. In addition, credit card numbers for approximately 209,000 U.S. consumers, and certain dispute documents with personal identifying information for approximately 182,000 U.S. consumers, were accessed
Equifax has since created a website, www.equifaxsecurity2017.com, to help customers determine if their information has been compromised and to sign up for credit file monitoring and identity theft protection.
The offering, called TrustedID Premier, includes 3-Bureau credit monitoring of Equifax, Experian and TransUnion credit reports; copies of Equifax credit reports; the ability to lock and unlock Equifax credit reports; identity theft insurance; and Internet scanning for Social Security numbers – all complimentary to U.S. consumers for one year. The website also provides additional information on steps consumers can take to protect their personal information
While this is terrible, you want to hear the worst part of it all? Equifax discovered the hack on July 29th, so the execs sold their stock before the incident came to light. Those greedy fucking bastards…
[Via The New York Times]