Credit reporting firm Equifax says data breach could potentially affect 143 million US consumers

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  1. ronjor

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    Todd Haselton @robotodd
     
  2. itman

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    Terrific.......... They are they outfit doing my ID theft monitoring and like a fool, I gave the all my financial account numbers to monitor.
     
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    I want know how this occurred.
     
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    OMG

    "Equifax said it is now alerting customers whose information was included in the breach via mail,"

    Who is a "customer" ??
     
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    Most anyone that uses credit.
     
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    Well that's a relief -- Don't have to worry about security anymore o_O
     
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    Me too! :cautious:

    https://techcrunch.com/2017/09/07/equifax-data-leak-could-involve-143-million-consumers/
     
  10. hawki

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    Category 5 Data Breach !!

    Free Credit Monitoring FOR ONE YEAR - Thanks for nearly nuthin.

    I didn't ask them to store and aggregate my info,.
     
  11. itman

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    Sadly I was just pondering something like this the other day. That is was just a matter of time the hackers went after the credit and ID theft concerns for the "treasure trove" of financial data they contain.

    Bottom line - absolutely nothing digital based is secure anymore.
     
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    Of course provided from the outfit that got hacked.:argh::argh:
     
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    As I said many times before, this is why a person shouldn't overly obsess about keyloggers and such. A vast majority of the time you will have your personal info stolen and there is absolutely nothing you can do about it.

    By the way, Equifax suffered a breach in their online Payroll division earlier this year where Blackhats were able to change customers PIN numbers to steal tax data.

    Also you can go here to see if you wee impacted by the breach (note that this is for USA folks):

    https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/enroll/

    They will ask for your last name and last 6 digits of your SS number. If your data was not compromised a popup will tell you so; if it was you will see a popup that you are now enrolled in their TrustedID Premier service. The slimy incompetent bastards didn't even have the balls to inform you that your data was stolen
     
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    “...'This is clearly a disappointing event for our company, and one that strikes at the heart of who we are and what we do,' Richard F. Smith, chairman and chief executive of Equifax, said in a statement..."

    awwwww

    “While we’ve made significant investments in data security, we recognize we must do more,” Mr. Smith said.

    Yah Think ?

    A comment from the New York Times report sums it up.

    "So to summarize - they make billions by selling our data without our permission, they invest as little as possible to protect profits, and when the inevitable happens they spin and dance. Next up - "Buy Equifax credit monitoring service at a special discount!".
     
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    Victims are not immediately enrolled. There's a one week+ waiting period, after which you can enroll in their credit monitoring service.

    Stolen credit card info is usually used within the first week after theft. Wonder if the same goes for identity theft.
     
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    "Three Equifax Inc. senior executives sold shares worth almost $1.8 million in the days after the company discovered a security breach that may have compromised information on about 143 million U.S. consumers...a spokeswoman for the Atlanta-based company, didn’t immediately return a call for comment..."

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-07/three-equifax-executives-sold-stock-before-revealing-cyber-hack?utm_content=markets&utm_campaign=socialflow-organic&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&cmpid==socialflow-twitter-markets


    Jail time for trading on inside information please. Talk about stoopidity, to say nothing of slime and greed.
     
  17. hawki

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    MUG SHOTS

    http://www.marketwatch.com/story/eq...ta-breach-before-informing-public-2017-09-07\

    PUKE !!
     
  18. jadinolf

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    They told you right away?
    I was told to come back on the 12th.
    Strange....
     
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    That's so you can enroll in the free "protection". I got that myself.
     
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    From Brian Krebs:

    "...That the intruders were able to access such a large amount of sensitive consumer data via a vulnerability in the company’s Web site suggests that Equifax may have fallen behind in applying security updates to its Internet-facing Web applications. Although the attackers could have exploited an unknown flaw in those applications, I would fully expect Equifax to highlight this fact if it were true — if for no other reason than doing so might make them less culpable and appear as though this was a crime which could have been perpetrated against any company running said Web applications..."

    https://krebsonsecurity.com/2017/09/breach-at-equifax-may-impact-143m-americans/

    Lock Them Up !
     
  22. compleo

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    Same here.
     
  23. jadinolf

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    Thanks, then how do we find out if we are affected?
     
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    "Equifax's Historic Hack May Have Exposed Almost Half of U.S...

    'This is massive,' said Paul Martini, chief executive officer of Iboss, a cybersecurity firm. 'This overshadows any other breach that we’ve seen to date -- not just the volume, the size, but the type of data that was in that database.'...

    'It’s a huge deal,' said Tim Crosby, senior consultant with security-assessment firm Spohn. 'You would expect these guys to have compartmentalized this data far enough away from a web server -- that there would not be any way to directly access it.'...

    U.S. Senator Mark Warner, ..., said the attack should spur renewed interest in stronger data-breach notification standards as well as policies to improve the protection of consumers’ data.

    'It is no exaggeration to suggest that a breach such as this -- exposing highly sensitive personal and financial information central for identity management and access to credit -- represents a real threat to the economic security of Americans,' Warner said in a statement...

    The Equifax breach also may open the way for another type of fraud called synthetic identity theft. Typically, fraudsters mix stolen Social Security numbers, and potentially other information from the owners, with a borrowed mailing address and apply for new credit cards that they control. Some patient con artists even use the new personas to seek additional credit cards or loans, then max them all out at once, potentially making off with tens of thousands of dollars...."

    https://www.bloomberg.com/technology
     
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