Millions of Americans Affected By Massive Equifax Data Breach

Millions of Americans Affected By Massive Equifax Data Breach

According to Equifax, it discovered the breach on July 29.

If you're one of the 143 million Americans who had your personal information stolen by hackers thanks to Equifax, you now need to be on the lookout because thieves may want more from you.

Equifax is offering that protection through its "TrustedIDPremier" program, but if you're not comfortable with that option there are others.

Already reeling after a disclosure last week that a May cyberattack may have stolen the personal data of as many as 143 million Americans, Equifax saw its shares fall almost 15 percent on Wednesday, to $98.99.

"If you think about all the things that your sign up for that requires your social security number and all the things that could be done in your name and it ruins your credit".

File your taxes early - as soon as you have the tax information you need, before a scammer can. CBS News Financial Analyst Jill Schlesinger said the best line of defense is putting your credit on ice - which you can do on the Equifax website. They also stole credit card numbers and credit card dispute documents with personal identifying information.




Brown also condemned the company's forced arbitration clauses to qualify for the monitoring. A security freeze prevents credit, loans and services from being approved in your name until you unfreeze your account. This is going to last way longer than that, so your next step is you add a free fraud alert to any of the big major companies.

MA joins New York, Pennsylvania and CT in investigating how Equifax got hacked. If you contact any one of the three major credit reporting agencies, fraud alerts will be automatically added by the other two agencies as well.

"Unfortunately, a criminal who gets a hold of this kind of personal information really hits the identity theft jackpot, and I'm concerned about the potential long-term impact this could have on countless consumers here in Iowa and across the country", Miller said.

Consider placing a credit freeze on your credit reporting files.

Equifax responded Wednesday to the arbitration clause issue, asserting that mandatory arbitration "will not apply to the free products offered in response to the cybersecurity incident or for claims related to the cybersecurity incident itself".

Equifax backed down. You can now get credit monitoring without waiving your right to sue.

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