Late last week Equifax, one of the top 3 credit reporting bureaus in the country, announced a “cybersecurity incident” that potentially impacts over 143 million U.S. consumers. They said that criminals gained unauthorized access to their systems from mid-May through July 2017 and may have gleaned names, social security numbers, birth dates, and much more. They have set up a special website to determine if someone’s information was compromised and are offereing free credit-monitoring and ID theft protection or one year.
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.