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Equifax Inc. Data Security Breach
On September 7, Equifax announced via a press release a cyber security incident potentially impacting approximately 143 million U.S. consumers. In the release, Equifax indicated that criminals exploited a U.S. website application vulnerability to gain access to certain files. Based on the company’s investigation, the unauthorized access occurred from mid-May through July 2017.
The third-party forensic firm that Equifax hired to investigate the breach found that the accessed information primarily includes the following:
- Social Security Numbers
- Birth Dates
- Driver’s License Numbers (in some instances)
In addition, credit card numbers for approximately 209,000 U.S. consumers and dispute documents with personal, identifying information for approximately 182,000 U.S. consumers have also been breached.
What You Can Do
Equifax has established a website – https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/ – that consumers can access to see if they were impacted by the breach. Click on the Enroll button to start the discovery process. The website contains information on the security breach for you to review.
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