Equifax Hack Likely Affected Only Canadians With Dealings In US, Company Says

These breaches led to more than 143 million people's personal information to be exposed.

In addition to your Social Security number, Equifax says that your driver's license number may also have been exposed. His office is working with other state attorneys general to gather additional information from the company.

The Equifax data breach that exposed the personal data on 143 million US consumers has led to questions about the credit reporting company's response to the security incident.

NY law requires businesses with NY customers to inform them and the Attorney General's Office regarding a security breach that could jeopardize personal information. "Since the Equifax breach was announced late last week, we have received countless calls and emails from consumers who are rightfully angry and frustrated over the lack of information and clarity from the company on how this happened, protections that are being offered, and what rights consumers may have against the company", said Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin in a statement. He's also urging residents to think twice before clicking on any suspicious links claiming to be from Equifax or financial institutions.


Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen said last week that he was working with colleagues in Pennsylvania and IL to open a formal probe of the hack, which Equifax discovered in July but did not disclose until September.

Indeed, in that worst case scenario, we may be forced as a society to rethink how we confirm identity and track credit ratings, which would be a major disruption for the financial services industry.

With millions of people feeling vulnerable after the hack and scrambling to secure their most important information, getting a credit freeze has been more hard than usual in the past few days. Then they're going to piece meal it up and sell it on the black market. You still need to monitor all bank, credit card and insurance statements for fraudulent transactions. We have seen so many other big breaches over the last few years (Yahoo!, Target Corp., etc.) that we have become inured to these kinds of incidents, and the attendant masses of potential victims. In November 2014, hackers released confidential data from the film studio Sony Pictures. "No matter what ... as soon as Equifax responds, meaning lawyers get involved, any unrepresented individual is basically sunk", Sunderlin says.

The privacy office said it would work with data-protection authorities in Canada and other nations to determine what happened and to "mitigate future risks for Canadians".


"We're always trying to stay one step ahead of the people trying to knock down our door, which is constant", he said.

A cybersecurity firm Equifax brought in to investigate "devoted thousands of hours during the following weeks" looking into the hack, Smith said.

"People get things like ransomware and email phishing that look innocent and look like it's from a boss or company they know", he said.

The credit reporting companies do little to make getting a credit freeze easy: you have to ask each of them individually, pay a fee (usually) to put it in place, ask each of them specifically to lift the freeze and often pay another fee. However, note that this will only stop hackers from adding any new accounts, but this won't stop them from making changes to an existing account.



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