On Wednesday, Equifax, one of the largest US-based consumer credit reporting agencies, revealed that their consumer database was illegally accessed by hackers from mid-May through July and a total of 143 million accounts were breached.
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Although US consumers majorly faced the brunt of the data breach, Equifax has mentioned that ‘limited personal information’ of UK and Canadian residents were also accessed during the breach.
Equifax discovered the data breach on July 29 and has been working with private cybersecurity experts to enhance the security framework in their company.
“Confronting cybersecurity risks is a daily fight. While we’ve made significant investments in data security, we recognize we must do more. And we will,” said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Richard F. Smith.
Although Equifax will be sending direct mail notices to consumers whose credit card or personal identifying information were impacted, they’ve also provided online resources to ascertain whether or not you were impacted by the breach immediately.
How to Find Out if Your Account was Hacked?
Equifax has setup a dedicated website for this incident — equifaxsecurity2017.com — which can be helped to determine whether your account has been hacked or not.
The website also provides additional information to customers about what steps can be taken to protect their personal information.
Free Year-Long Subscription of Trusted ID Premier Account
Customers can also sign up for a TrustedID Premier account for credit file monitoring and data theft protection via the website which is being offered for free to US consumers for one year.
The Trusted ID Premier account includes 3-Bureau credit monitoring of Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion credit reports; copies of Equifax credit reports; the ability to lock and unlock Equifax credit reports; identity theft insurance; and Internet scanning for Social Security numbers.