Equifax Security Breach

Equifax revealed yesterday that it experienced a security breach from May through July 2017.  The company discovered the breach on July 29, 2017.  Equifax released the following statement:

September 7, 2017 — Equifax Inc. (NYSE: EFX) today announced a cybersecurity incident potentially impacting approximately 143 million U.S. consumers. 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 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. As part of its investigation of this application vulnerability, Equifax also identified unauthorized access to limited personal information for certain UK and Canadian residents. Equifax will work with UK and Canadian regulators to determine appropriate next steps. The company has found no evidence that personal information of consumers in any other country has been impacted.

Equifax discovered the unauthorized access on July 29 of this year and acted immediately to stop the intrusion. The company promptly engaged a leading, independent cybersecurity firm that has been conducting a comprehensive forensic review to determine the scope of the intrusion, including the specific data impacted. Equifax also reported the criminal access to law enforcement and continues to work with authorities. While the company’s investigation is substantially complete, it remains ongoing and is expected to be completed in the coming weeks
Equifax is asking all consumers in the United States to check if their information has been compromised through the following website:  https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/.  The website asks for last name and last six digits of your social security number (phishy).  Personally, I will not be using the site for the following reasons:  1) I have credit monitoring through another credit bureau and 2) a company compromised millions of consumers information, waited seven weeks to alert the public, and created a sketchy website to enter personal information.  No thanks Equifax!  Not today!

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