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Abilene BBB: How to protect yourself after Equifax security breach

Abilene BBB: How to protect yourself after Equifax security breach Abilene BBB: How to protect yourself after Equifax security breach
Nellie Chapman | 10 September, 2017, 17:46

The first class action lawsuit has been filed against the credit reporting company Equifax, claiming the company was negligent after it announced a massive data breach.

An alarming Equifax data breach has left millions of Americans personal information exposed.

Hackers were able to get birth dates, Social Security numbers, credit card numbers and addresses, according to Equifax, leaving some to wonder how they can protect themselves.

Montana residents were among those affected. Those affected by the Equifax hack is no less than 143 million, which is nearly one-half of the entire population.

"I apologize to every affected consumer", he said.

A total of 143 million Americans could be affected by the incident.

Equifax recommends that individuals closely monitor their financial accounts and credit scores for unauthorized activity. "While we've made significant investments in cyber security we have more to do, and we will".

Equifax said the breach, which began in May, was discovered in late July.

Based in Atlanta, Equifax is a tempting target to hackers.

"In addition, credit card numbers for approximately 209,000 US consumers, and certain dispute documents with personal identifying information for approximately 182,000 USA consumers were accessed", read a statement from Equifax. Both Iowa and IL are among the 35 states that offer credit freezes, with each state charging $10 for the service.

A person's Social Security number is one of the primary ways identity is confirmed across the United States.

Check your credit reports from Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion by visiting annualcreditreport.com. Social Security numbers and credit card numbers were among the information exposed. Learn how you can freeze your credit report. "You should get your free credit reports, you should get your online statements, you should check your online credit card statement", said Schulz.

In 2016, identity thieves stole critical W-2 salary and tax data from Equifax and in early 2017 stole W-2 data from one of its subsidiaries.