Consumers can visit www.identitytheft.gov/databreach for more information about how to protect their personal information following a data breach. The data included names, birth dates, addresses, social security numbers, and for some, drivers licenses and credit card numbers, according to the credit reporting firm.
Indeed, in the worst case scenario - exfiltration of this full dataset by a criminal actor determined to use it for maximum financial gain - it is hard to see how Equifax's current business model could be sustained if it is true that information necessary to "prove" the identity of virtually any American is available to criminals. "We are already in direct contact with Equifax to establish the facts including how many people in the United Kingdom have been affected and what kind of personal data may have been compromised". No doubt those wanting to steal it will find ways to beat the new security measures.
If you're concerned about identity theft, those reported mega-data breaches, or someone gaining access to your credit report without your permission, you might consider placing a credit freeze on your report.
This lawsuit is also in response to the fact that Equifax admitted that it discovered the unauthorized access on July 29, 2017, yet did not inform the public of this breach until more than a month later.
The company said the breach had also affected an unknown number of United Kingdom and Canadian consumers, but did not implement similar websites for people in those countries.
Equifax has said it will waive its normal arbitration clause for the breach.
People who are anxious about their credit information being compromised and potential identity theft have been urged to contact Equifax as well as rival rating agencies TransUnion and Experian to get their credit frozen, or at the very least, monitored. The attorney general of MA has already announced plans to file a lawsuit against the company.
Equifax says "only a limited number of Canadians may have been affected".
She says when she called customer service they recommended she try "tomorrow" because it was a "computer glitch".
" Actively monitor your financial statements". It doesn't damage your credit or stop your credit report from evolving by your own actions. Hackers also stole credit card numbers for about 209,000 consumers and dispute documents with personal identifying information for about 182,000 consumers. Fees may be applied for placing, temporarily lifting, or removing a security freeze.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin on Tuesday called the Equifax breach "quite unfortunate" and insisted that his top priority is to make sure financial data is safe.
Fraud alerts offer less protection, merely flagging lenders and card issuers that credit applications should receive extra scrutiny.
Miller also warned Iowans to be aware of breach-related scams.