Equifax Breach Exposes Data of 143 Million Americans

Posted on September 8, 2017 Security Center, Your Money 5 comments

A data breach at Equifax has exposed the information of approximately 143 million Americans, the credit monitoring company reported on Thursday, September 7.

The compromised information primarily includes names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and possibly driver's license numbers. Hackers also accessed credit card numbers for another 209,000 Americans and dispute documents with personal identifying information for 182,000 Americans.

Equifax says the criminals were able to gain access to certain files from mid-May through July 2017 by exploiting a website application vulnerability. The company has established a website for consumers to get information about the breach and determine if their information has potentially been compromised. To check to see if your information was potentially compromised, please click here.

Equifax is offering free credit file monitoring and identity theft protection for a year, regardless of whether or not a person was impacted. To sign up for these free services, please click here.

Equifax Resources


If you have any additional questions, please call Equifax at 866.447.7559 any day of the week from 8:00 AM to 2:00 AM, including weekends. If you suspect fraud on any of your United Heritage Credit Union accounts, please call 512.435.4545903.597.7484 or 800.531.2328 during regular business hours.

5 comments

UHCU

Posted on: September 19, 2017

Hi Larry,

Thank you for contacting United Heritage regarding Equifax’s offer of free credit monitoring. Equifax says it is offering free credit file monitoring and identity theft protection for a year to anyone who signs up. If you experience issues signing up or need any assistance, please call Equifax at 866.447.7559 any day of the week from 8:00 AM to 2:00 AM, including weekends.

Sincerely,
UHCU

Larry

Posted on: September 19, 2017

Not sure what is happening: I followed the link for "free" monitoring provided in the original UHCU message. I received an instant response saying I was one of the accounts effected by the hack; but, the system was "over loaded with monitoring applications," so I needed to wait a few days and then re-apply. When I returned a few day later, I was met with a lengthy dialog with a mention of $39.95/month for monitoring. I did not go any further in the application. Scam?????

Mary

Posted on: September 15, 2017

Thank you for the information and ability to check to see if I was impacted.

BILLY

Posted on: September 14, 2017

I can always depend on UHCU for the right advice and what to do in various situations.

Robert

Posted on: September 14, 2017

Thank you for keeping us informed.

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