Equifax Data Breach Possibly Impacts 143 Million Consumers

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Equifax is reporting a data breach that could possibly impact 143 million U.S. Consumers. The credit reporting company announced today hackers gained access to some of its systems containing customers’ social-security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and driver’s license numbers.

The unauthorized access occurred from mid-May through July 2017 and Equifax discovered the breach on July 29. Equifax posted information on their website today and stated “Criminals exploited a U.S. website application vulnerability to gain access to certain files.” The company also reported “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.” The Equifax’s CEO also noted he is aware the breach affects what the company is supposed to protect.

The company has created a website (www.equifaxsecurity2017.com) to help consumers determine they have been impacted and can sign up for credit file monitoring and identity theft protection. Additionally, Equifax stated they will mail notices to those whose credit card numbers or dispute documents with personal information were impacted. The company is also working with authorities and using a cybersecurity firm to conduct a forensic review.

Mudd Law Offices represents victims of identity theft and data security. This includes assisting the victim with restoring their credit and legal records. For consumer information relating to disclosure of financial information, several government agencies have issued provided information that can be viewed on Federal Trade Commission’s identity theft resources.