How to Respond to the Huge Equifax Hacking Blog TechLaw Blog

Joanna Estrada
September 18, 2017

Name, home address, birth date, Social Security Numbers, everything someone would need to steal an identity.

Hackers also stole credit card numbers for about 209,000 consumers and dispute documents with personal identifying information for about 182,000 consumers.

"Taken as a whole, and given past breaches by other major credit bureaus, these lapses may potentially represent a systemic failure by firms now incentivized to collect and store highly sensitive identification and financial data for Americans", Warner said. So, I recommend that you just assume your information was breached and take steps to prevent any further damage. "However, in light of the intense public interest and the potential impact of this matter, I can confirm that FTC staff is investigating the Equifax data breach". "It's a scam. Equifax will not call you out of the blue".

Defeated, I made a decision to at least sign up for the credit monitoring service that Equifax is offering, TrustedID Premier. "We also know that credit histories are riddled with errors and the recent Equifax breach makes that much more likely".

But getting people to adopt strong passwords is hard - who can remember seemingly random strings of characters for dozens or hundreds of services?

Ilia Kolochenko, CEO, High-Tech Bridge: "A majority of large companies have similar challenges, problems and weakness in their cybersecurity". These tips include: • Check your credit reports. Go to www.annualcreditreport.com to obtain free copies of your credit reports from Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion.

TransUnion: In Washington, it costs $10 to have TransUnion freeze your credit if you're not a victim of identity theft and under 65.

Fourth, visit the FTC Identity Theft site for additional recommendations on protecting yourself from identity theft. He says freeze your report when the demand dies down, but in the meantime you can take steps to limit your risk. Be sure to periodically review the credit report, and always review it again before making an application for credit on a big purchase.Rutledge reminds Arkansans that the Attorney General's office has routinely referred individuals to one of three national credit bureaus, including Equifax, when they have fallen victim to identity theft.

More than 15 million Americans were victims of ID fraud a year ago, a record high; fraudsters stole about $16 billion, according to an annual survey by Javelin Strategy & Research.

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