Massive data breach leaves nearly 1/2 of all Americans vulnerable to identity theft

From the OMG, this is scary department:

Equifax has just announced that a massive data breach in July of 2017 has left nearly 1/2 of all Americans vulnerable to identity theft.  On Thursday, the company disclosed that a data breach it discovered on July 29 may have impacted as many as 143 million consumers in the United States. Equifax is one of the three main organizations in the US that calculates credit scores, so it has access to an extraordinary amount of personal and financial data for virtually every American adult. The company says that hackers accessed data between mid-May and July through a vulnerability in a web application. Attackers got their hands on names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, some driver’s license numbers, and about 209,000 credit card numbers. 182,000 “dispute documents,” essentially complaint submissions that include personal identifying data, were also compromised in the breach.

Equifax is offering a website – www.equifaxsecurity2017.com – where you can check if you are one of the 143 million people who may have had their personal information compromised.  Equifax is also offering a year of free credit monitoring and identity theft protection on that site that you can (and should) sign up for if your personal information has been compromised in the breach.  You might consider paying for additional protection after the first year is over as it’s likely that attackers may have better luck abusing your leaked data once the free year of identity theft protection has expired.

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