Equifax, one of three nationwide credit-reporting companies, said Thursday that 143 million people could be affected by a recent data breach.
In the breach, cybercriminals stole information including names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and the numbers of some driver’s licenses. Additionally, credit card numbers for about 209,000 people were exposed, as was “personal identifying information” on roughly 182,000 customers involved in credit report disputes.
Ways to Protect Yourself
- Verify if you were potentially exposed by checking on Equifax’s verification site: https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/potential-impact/
- Sign up for the free credit report monitoring being offered through their website using the link above.
- Check your credit report(s) by going to: https://www.annualcreditreport.com/index.action (you can pull your credit report every 12 months for free on this site)