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25 Setiembre 2017, 12:27 | Dolorita Barahona
Equifax Sent Customers to a Phishing Site, Hacked Months Earlier
And as a result, Lovejoy explained that many companies won't disclose a breach unless it can be proved its business was impacted. Once in a while, however, data thieves hit the jackpot. There is an initial fraud alert that will last 90 days and can be renewed.
Even social security numbers, once information that people weren't supposed to divulge except in certain circumstances, are now commonly used as identity verification at financial and medical institutions, said Meredith. Anyone who has a credit history. There are three main companies in the US: Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion.
Add another "oops" to Equifax's pile.
Gillibrand also asked the FTC to develop data security standards for the holdingh of sensitive personal financial information.
The sheer scale of the recently disclosed data breach at credit reporting agency Equifax Inc. As Matt Schulz, Senior Industry Analyst for CreditCards.com points out, "If you have somebody who established a credit card in your name, ran up a bunch of charges and never paid the bills, and you have late payments that have racked up, it can really impact your credit".
The credit reporting companies have to comply with rules set by the Federal Trade Commission and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which regulate how the companies can sell your financial data to other companies.
And unlike in other data breaches, which have primarily led to consumer class-action suits, Equifax faces questions from its corporate customers, too. The chairmen of two congressional committees say they want to hold hearings on the matter, and a handful of lawmakers are hawking plans that would mandate tighter controls and larger fines for companies that don't protect our personal information.
The suit details that for two months before the data breach started, Equifax had notice of the software vulnerability that hackers exploited.
Equifax discovered the breach on July 29.
Now, "I'm definitely going to be doing it", he said. While we don't have a tally of how many people were misdirected, the company told people to visit SecurityEquifax2017.com on multiple occasions. Equifax is offering an option to enroll in free credit monitoring through TrustedID Premier. Reversing a previous policy, clients no longer have to waive their right to sue Equifax to take advantage of these services.
No it won't. Equifax will nearly certainly get stung for a huge judgment, very little of which you'll ever see. To confirm, the correct website is https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com. Those affected will have to worry about identity theft and more for years to come. An effective regulatory regime will have to address the new wave of non-traditional data brokers and scoring providers in order to actually protect consumers, and we're likely to see more missteps than successes in the near term. The fine print on some lock services could allow for access to people's files that a freeze might not, he said.
Wilsonn said that, although Equifax has agreed to waive credit freeze fees for those who would otherwise be subject to them - which includes SC residents - the other two credit bureaus, Experian and Transunion, continue to charge fees for security freezes.
Customers whose data was exposed have faced the same fruitless, bureaucratic responses that people face when they try to get errors on their credit reports fixed. Tax identity theft occurs when someone uses your Social Security number to get a tax refund or a job.
You'll have to use a PIN to lift the freeze. Respond immediately to correspondence from the IRS.
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