Illinois Attorney General Has Advise for Consumers on Equifax Data Breach

Getting up to speed on the Equifax data breach scandal

On July 29, 2017, Equifax discovered that hackers had exploited a vulnerability in one of Equifax's online portals and gained access to the personal information of 143 million consumers nationwide.

"This is clearly a disappointing event for our company, and one that strikes at the heart of who we are and what we do", said Equifax Chairman and CEO Richard F. Smith. "However, in light of the intense public interest and the potential impact of this matter, I can confirm that FTC staff is investigating the Equifax data breach".

While Equifax is free now, Transunion and Experian will cost you at least $5 to put on and to take off.

The News 2 I-Team has been following the massive security breach involving credit rating agency Equifax.

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"If you think about all the things that your sign up for that requires your social security number and all the things that could be done in your name and it ruins your credit". Don't give out personal information to those who contact you asking for information to verify accounts, and be wary of clicking on links or downloading attachments in email messages.

To post a fraud alert on your credit file, you must contact one of the three major credit reporting agencies below.

The U.S. Consumer Protection Bureau provides a webpage on identity theft protection following the Equifax data breach. Note that you will need to temporarily lift the freeze (by providing a password) if you wish to apply for a new loan or credit card.

Consider a credit freeze: A credit freeze makes it harder for someone to open an account in your name, but it will not stop them from changing accounts once they have access to them.

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Logging on to Equifaxsecurity2017.com will allow you to check and see if your information may have been compromised. Doing this earlier in tax season will make it less likely that someone else can file a fraudulent return in your name using your social security number. The Commerce website has a form you can use to request a freeze from the three major credit reporting agencies. O The New York Times reported on Wednesday that Equifax's stock has fallen by more than 20 percent since the breach, "losing its shareholders almost $4 billion in market capitalization".

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She says in addition to putting a fraud alert or a freeze on your credit bureau account, you need to start checking your other financial accounts on a regular basis, which means your credit cards, checking and savings accounts.

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