September 8, 2017, Notice About Equifax Data Breach. The information below was sent to the IT Security Community and Frontline Notify groups on September 8, 2017. Equifax, one of three nationwide credit-reporting companies, has announced a data breach affecting as many as 143 million Americans.
The activities went on for 76 days until July 29, 2017 when Equifax discovered the breach, and subsequently, by July 30, 2017, has shut off the exploit. At least 34 servers in twenty different countries were used at different points during the breach, making tracking the perpetrators difficult.
Equifax is indeed paying out right now—but not to you. Instead, the company has finally agreed to pay the banks (PDF) for the inconvenience of having to cancel and reissue millions of credit and debit cards, The Register points out.
It’s been a full year since Equifax announced that it suffered a hack affecting 147 million Americans. It was a Thursday afternoon when Equifax explained that hackers infiltrated its network and stole customer names, Social Security numbers, birthdates and addresses, affecting more than half the US population.
The U.S. Department of Justice announced that a federal grand jury in Atlanta delivered a nine-count indictment accusing four hackers and members of China’s People’s Liberation Army – Wu Zhiyong, Wang Qian, Xu Ke and Liu Lei – of serving as masterminds of the hack.
If you want to check whether your data was exposed, the FTC and official settlement site have an online tool you can use to check if you were part of the Equifax breach. You’ll need to enter your last name and last six digits of your Social Security number to see if your data was part of the hack.
You don’t have to give a SIN for bank account if your accounts are not interest bearing. If they are interest bearing (like a Savings account) you MUST give your SIN, It’s required by law since they need to report the interest to the government.
You can cancel your product at any time within your myEquifax account by clicking on your name in the top right corner and selecting My Account then Cancel Subscription, or by calling our Customer Care Team at (866) 640-2273.
In July, credit bureau Equifax agreed to pay nearly $700 million over its massive 2017 data breach. But even if you didn’t suffer any direct harm from the breach, you could claim free credit monitoring or a cash payout of up to $125 if you already have credit services in place.
It’s been one year since the settlement involving tens of millions of victims of the colossal Equifax data breach received final approval and the deadline passed for filing initial claims. There’s still been no payout.
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The simplest answer is that credit bureaus, like Equifax, are data collectors. We provide your credit information, in the form of credit reports, to lenders and creditors to help them determine your creditworthiness. We also provide credit reports to you, so you can better understand your credit situation.
How secure is the information I provide to Equifax.com? Social Security number and credit card number(s) are encrypted before being transmitted to/from our servers. For your security, this site requires the use of a 128-bit SSL compatible browser.
Simple answer: SQL Injection. “…they probably stole the database credentials out of the [web] application…” According to the below article and many others online, the data breach occurred due to a web app vulnerability. The attacker can use these to take over the entire box – do anything the application can do.