Equifax Announced Cyber security Incident has Affected 143 million consumers Information

Equifax Announced Cyber security Incident has Affected 143 million consumers Information

Richard F. Smith, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer said, "This is clearly a disappointing event for our company and one that strikes at the heart of who we are what we do". The company added that 209,000 USA credit card numbers were also obtained.

Also, if you've signed up for the service, be aware that you'll get only one year for free, and if you don't cancel it when that year ends, Equifax will continue to provide it - and bill you for it, of course. That language landed the company in hot water with users and regulators alike.

Additionally, Equifax says it has adjusted a PIN generation for security freezes, allowing a randomly generated PIN for consumers who want to place a security freeze.

There you can also access frequently asked questions about Equifax.

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"You need to take more action", one consumer wrote on Twitter to Equifax.

In basic terms, freezing your credit means placing restrictions on who can view your credit report.

Schatz has teamed up with Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) and Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) to re-introduce a bill Monday - it was called the Stop Errors in Credit Use and Reporting (SECURE) Act when it was last introduced, in 2015 - to help Americans catch and correct credit report errors. "Equifax knew and should have known that failure to maintain adequate technological safeguards would eventually result in a massive data breach".

Freezes can be done online at the websites of the three credit reporting agencies - Equifax, Experian and TransUnion.

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That same website offers users a year of free credit file monitoring and identity theft protection with TrustedID Premier, an Equifax product.

Equifax first discovered the vulnerability in late July, though it chose not to announce it publicly until more than a month later.

Free services. Check with your financial institutions to see if they offer additional security measures such as email/text alerts, two-factor authentication, and verbal passwords. "That's almost one-third of the state's population; this is a huge data breach and consumers should take this news very seriously". If you didn't know, Equifax is one of the largest United States based credit reporting agencies that collect and analyze detailed records of financial data for records of a wide range of consumers worldwide. The credit profiles it holds contain personal information, like how much people owe on their houses and whether they have court judgments against them. "Lifetime credit monitoring. Reimbursement for all other freezes". This option is the best bet for protection, but it is also the most complicated. Days before the breach was disclosed, three senior executives sold a total of $1.8 million worth of shares in the company.

While their services are essential to the US economy, the credit-reporting bureaus don't have the same regulatory oversight as the financial industry. They "had no knowledge that an intrusion had occurred at the time".

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