The Atlanta company said Thursday that the hackers had obtained names, Social Security numbers, birth dates and addresses of more than 40 percent of the USA population. Hackers also stole the credit card numbers of 209,000 people and dispute documents with personal identifying information for about 182,000 people.
The company said hackers also accessed some "limited personal information" from British and Canadian residents.
Yes, it's another data breach, but this one is more serious.
Equifax breach has consumers.
Equifax said it doesn't believe that any consumers from other countries were affected.
If you decide against a credit freeze, consider placing a fraud alert on your files. We may also be setting up more rigorous security protections with our existing financial service providers.
If you find yourself attacked by the hackers through this data breach, you have to make quick move. In addition to the breach, three executives, including the chief financial officer, are alleged to have sold almost $2 million worth of Equifax stock days after the hack was discovered.
Three senior executives, including chief financial officer John Gamble, sold shares worth up to $1.8 million in the days following the discovery of the breach.
The cyber criminals had access to client's personal information from social security numbers to driver's licenses.
-Go to the Equifax security 2017 website to see if you are a potential victim.
"Request a credit report security freeze", Ulzheimer said.
Dworsky says the hackers have one objective: "They're really trying to steal your identity, your good credit", Dworsky said.
Kuehner said right now the company is sending out letters letting people know if they have been potentially affected. Equifax is providing free service for one year through TrustedID Premier. It includes credit monitoring for Equifax, Experian and TransUnion; copies of and the ability to lock Equifax credit reports; identity theft insurance and online scanning for Social Security numbers.