Equifax (EFX) announced yesterday a “cybersecurity incident” involving customer data. Although they say that there was “No Evidence of Unauthorized Access to Core Consumer or Commercial Credit Reporting Databases“, what you need to know is that the information important to you, probably was.
“The information accessed primarily includes names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver’s license numbers. In addition, credit card numbers for approximately 209,000 U.S. consumers, and certain dispute documents with personal identifying information for approximately 182,000 U.S. consumers, were accessed.”
- Social Security Number
- Birth date
Everything a crook needs to open new accounts as you. Most everything a crook needs to take over an account you already own.
Equifax says that the breach potentially impacts 143 million U.S. consumers.
They’re giving you free identity theft protection and credit monitoring. Small consolation, in my opinion.
Click here to find out if you are impacted.
Click here for Equifax’s full statement.