Equifax Hackers Might Have Your Social Security and Credit Card Numbers
announced it had a "Cybersecurity Incident" Wednesday
, which impacts 143 million U.S. consumers. Between mid-May and July of this year hackers were able to gain access to certain Equinox files, including names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, credit card numbers, and some driver's license numbers.
Are you outraged yet? You should be outraged.
The company discovered the unauthorized access on July 29th, and immediately stopped the intrusion. But that still means that some of your (very personal) data could be out there.
Equifax is sending out notices in the mail to all those affected. If you'd like to find out now rather than waiting for a letter (I sure did), then you can check to se if you were impacted by inputting your last name and the last six of your social into this form on the company's
dedicated website for the incident
And if you're thinking you should probably sign up for credit monitoring now (arguably you should have that anyway), Equifax is attempting to distract you from the whole "security incident" thing by giving that away for free for the next year.
It's not going to prevent people from doing things with all that stolen info, but at least you'll know about it (if it happens in the next 12 months, at least).
When you check to see if you were impacted by the security breach, you'll be given a date when you can return to sign up for TrustedID premier, which includes "includes 3-Bureau credit monitoring of Equifax, Experian and TransUnion credit reports; copies of Equifax credit reports; the ability to lock and unlock Equifax credit reports; identity theft insurance; and Internet scanning for Social Security numbers"
When I checked, I was told I couldn't sign up for TrustedID until September 13th, along with a note to mark my calendar since they would not be providing any reminders. It certainly makes it feel like an empty gesture, but my calendar is marked and I'll be there next week, as should you.