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Old 09-07-17, 06:43 PM   #1
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Giant Equifax data breach: 143 million people could be affected

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Equifax says a giant cybersecurity breach compromised the personal information of as many as 143 million Americans — almost half the country.

Cyber criminals have accessed sensitive information -- including names, social security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and the numbers of some driver's licenses.

Additionally, Equifax said that credit card numbers for about 209,000 U.S. customers were exposed, as was "personal identifying information" on roughly 182,000 U.S. customers involved in credit report disputes. Residents in the U.K. and Canada were also impacted.

The breach occurred between mid-May and July, Equifax said. The company said it discovered the hack on July 29.

"This is clearly a disappointing event for our company, and one that strikes at the heart of who we are and what we do," said Equifax chairman and CEO Richard F. Smith.
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Old 09-07-17, 06:48 PM   #2
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Re: Giant Equifax data breach: 143 million people could be affected

That sucks. Proof that anything can be hacked unless it's offline.

Do any of you guys use Lifelock?
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Old 09-07-17, 07:18 PM   #3
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Re: Giant Equifax data breach: 143 million people could be affected

Robo, you left out the best part: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic..._medium=social

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Three Equifax Managers Sold Stock Before Cyber Hack Was Revealed

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September 7, 2017, 2:59 PM PDT
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.

The credit-reporting service said late Thursday in a statement that it discovered the intrusion on July 29. Regulatory filings show that three days later, Chief Financial Officer John Gamble sold shares worth $946,374 and Joseph Loughran, president of U.S. information solutions, exercised options to dispose of stock worth $584,099. Rodolfo Ploder, president of workforce solutions, sold $250,458 of stock on Aug. 2. None of the filings lists the transactions as being part of 10b5-1 pre-scheduled trading plans.

Equifax said in the statement that intruders accessed names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and driver’s-license numbers, as well as credit-card numbers for about 209,000 consumers. The incident ranks among the largest cybersecurity breaches in history.

Equifax shares tumbled 6.2 percent to $133.90 in extended trading at 5:50 p.m. in New York. Marisa Salcines, a spokeswoman for the Atlanta-based company, didn’t immediately return a call for comment.
We all get to suffer the effects of identity theft and fraud, but these guys got to make some extra money off it! Go capitalism!
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Old 09-07-17, 07:23 PM   #4
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Re: Giant Equifax data breach: 143 million people could be affected

Isn't the illegal, though? That seems pretty cut and dry if so.

Equifax isn't something you opt into, right, basically if you have credit you're in their database?
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Old 09-07-17, 07:26 PM   #5
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Re: Giant Equifax data breach: 143 million people could be affected

Yeah, I was affected. My wife entered her stuff into Equifax's site and got a thumbs-up. Meanwhile, I got a message saying that I've been enrolled in TrustedID Premier, so...oops.

I'm enrolled in a couple of different protection services, having had my stuff stolen from the state of SC and Gannett recently. Ugh.
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Old 09-07-17, 07:29 PM   #6
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Re: Giant Equifax data breach: 143 million people could be affected

Doesn't their checker site require you to enter your SS number? Basically, if you weren't compromised before, they're going to make sure you are now!
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Re: Giant Equifax data breach: 143 million people could be affected

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Doesn't their checker site require you to enter your SS number?
It asks for your last name and the last 6 digits of your SSN. Plenty for someone to cross-reference databases if they get their hands on it, yeah.
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Old 09-07-17, 07:39 PM   #8
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Doesn't their checker site require you to enter your SS number? Basically, if you weren't compromised before, they're going to make sure you are now!
Equifax, as one of the three big credit reporting companies (along with Experian and TransUnion) has data on every single person in the United States. Assuming at some point you opened a bank account, credit account, utility, applied for a job or a car or a house or an apartment, they have your info.
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Old 09-07-17, 07:52 PM   #9
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Re: Giant Equifax data breach: 143 million people could be affected

Hey, we got hacked, so he's enrollment in our credit monitoring services, so we can monitor your credit from us being hacked.
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Old 09-07-17, 08:08 PM   #10
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Re: Giant Equifax data breach: 143 million people could be affected

psssh... been there, done that... that is so 2014.
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Old 09-07-17, 09:00 PM   #11
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FYI don't sign up for their credit monitoring. You lose right to sue them. Fucking assholes.
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Old 09-07-17, 11:14 PM   #12
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Re: Giant Equifax data breach: 143 million people could be affected

Fuckers!

I think I'm ok, I live in Canada, but this part kind of worries me:

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I don't even know if they have my information though, I have never knowingly given them anything but I have no idea what they do in Canada regarding credit
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Old 09-07-17, 11:58 PM   #13
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Re: Giant Equifax data breach: 143 million people could be affected

I dodged a bullet, as I recently (end of June) hit Experian for a free credit score...thank goodness it was not Equifax.
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Old 09-08-17, 12:11 AM   #14
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Re: Giant Equifax data breach: 143 million people could be affected

FYI, you don't "sign up" for Equifax. Equifax is one of three organizations that keeps track of your credit. Generally, data from those three organizations are pulled by FICO, to create the credit score/credit history that matters to almost everyone.

So nobody "dodged the bullet" on this. If you have a credit history, Equifax has your info. That is, unless I'm missing something - and they only hacked a certain portion of data (ie, data from those who created online accounts to monitor their credit directly through Equifax). The only way to "dodge the bullet", is if you don't have a credit history (you're under 18, or living 'off the grid' somehow).

The question is - what will the hackers do with the info. Are they going to hit people with the usual identity theft? Nobody knows.
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Old 09-08-17, 02:01 AM   #15
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Re: Giant Equifax data breach: 143 million people could be affected

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FYI don't sign up for their credit monitoring. You lose right to sue them. Fucking assholes.
they even put it in their terms of service (knowing people never read that stuff)

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Old 09-08-17, 07:51 AM   #16
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Hey, we got hacked, so he's enrollment in our credit monitoring services, so we can monitor your credit from us being hacked.
Exactly and now they can sell more credit scores!

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Old 09-08-17, 08:15 AM   #17
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Re: Giant Equifax data breach: 143 million people could be affected

Maybe, finally, this will be the incident that causes fundamental changes to the power that this data has. In a sane world, it should be no big deal at all that someone else has my name, address, date of birth and SSN. It is already less of an issue than it was just a few years ago, fortunately.

You simply cannot keep data like this safe. You have to design processes that don't rely on maintaining the secrecy of certain pieces of information.
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Old 09-08-17, 08:29 AM   #18
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Re: Giant Equifax data breach: 143 million people could be affected

It says my info was a part of it. I clicked through the process and didn't realize I was signing up for something. I thought there would be more steps. Though, they give you a date you actually need to come back to enroll. I won't bother with that. I've never really worried too much about this. What is the worst that could end up happening?
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Re: Giant Equifax data breach: 143 million people could be affected

Here's the website where you can check to see if you're affected:

www.equifaxsecurity2017.com

I was hit.
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Old 09-08-17, 08:52 AM   #20
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Re: Giant Equifax data breach: 143 million people could be affected

It says I was affected and I never signed up with Equifax for anything. Nice of these idiots to wait two months before telling us about the breach.
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Old 09-08-17, 09:02 AM   #21
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I'm impacted. I already had fraudulent tax returns filed with my SSN a couple of years ago, which makes filing electronically forever annoying now, and now this. Ugh.
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Old 09-08-17, 09:05 AM   #22
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Here's the website where you can check to see if you're affected:

www.equifaxsecurity2017.com

I was hit.
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Old 09-08-17, 09:25 AM   #23
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No going to give them my information again
Yeah, I kind don't want to put my info in there. If they couldn't protect it the first time why should I assume they'll protect it this time?
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Old 09-08-17, 09:32 AM   #24
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I'm impacted too. Equifax is supposed to send a letter at some point.
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No going to give them my information again
"Hey, we were recently hacked and exposed your personal information. So now let's add usernames and passwords to your data".
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