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AG Paxton issues consumer alert following Equifax data breach

AG Paxton issues consumer alert following Equifax data breach”

Ahead of Equifax Inc.'s announcement that it suffered "a cybersecurity incident potentially impacting approximately 143 million USA consumers", as a September 7 press release from the consumer credit reporting firm stated, it was well aware of the risks of a hack, and of the danger that it may not have had "adequate" insurance to cover associated losses. "In the meantime, I encourage Texans to educate themselves about how to best protect their personal information and to file a complaint with my office if they have any concerns about this breach".

Equifax has set up a website to deal with the hack, equifaxsecurity2017.com, which provides updated information and the opportunity for consumers to enroll in free security monitoring for one year, which many experts recommend. If you suspect fraudulent activity, contact the financial institution right away to report it and have replacement cards issued. So far, so good.

A lot of people are choosing to "freeze" their credit report. So that would include Equifax, Experian, TransUnion, Innovis.

Monitor your credit reports.

Rafael Flores says he first found out about the security breach on the news.

You can temporarily lift the freeze for a creditor if you know which reporting agency they're using. Keep in mind that a credit freeze won't prevent a thief from making charges to your existing accounts.

Equifax says on its website that the breach, which it discovered internally in late-July and announced to the public last week, was the result of hackers exploiting a vulnerability in a website application called Apache Struts. How so? Their personally identifiable information may have been compromised, including Social Security numbers, addresses, drivers license numbers, and birth dates.

She continued, "Then I did my husband's and he was". Instead, the message provided contact information for the two other credit rating agencies - Transunion and Experian.

Equifax said it will waive all security freeze fees for the next 30 days.

If want to put a credit freeze into effect, you can thankfully do so via the web.

"What has transpired over the past several months is one of the most egregious examples of corporate malfeasance since Enron", Schumer said, invoking the name of a notorious company that manipulated energy markets and eventually went bankrupt. The agency suggests signing up for credit monitoring and identity theft protection.



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