Equifax Data Breach: The Facts and What to Do

If you have a credit report, there’s a good chance that you’re one of the 143 million American consumers whose sensitive personal information was exposed in a data breach at Equifax, one of the nation’s three major credit reporting agencies.

Here are the facts, according to Equifax. The breach lasted from mid-May through July. The hackers accessed people’s names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver’s license numbers.

Whether your information was exposed, U.S. consumers can get a ...

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EquiHACK! Here’s why you should be seriously angry.

Last week, the credit bureau Equifax made a shocking announcement: they’ve been hacked. Not only has the cyber security at one of the nation’s three biggest credit bureaus breached, but the personal data of up to 143 million of its customers was compromised – which is about half of all U.S. consumers.

According to reports of the hack, the information that cyber-criminals obtained from Equifax’s database ...

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Identity theft hits an all-time high: are you protected?

Are you safe from identity theft or other financial fraud from someone assuming your identity? You may think everything is perfectly fine and that no one is using your identity to open up new credit cards, commandeer debit cards, or take over your financial accounts, but if you haven’t checked your credit report lately, you may be in for an unnerving surprise.

In fact, identity theft, ...

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The news is filled with pressing threats these days, both domestic and internationally. But while the average person may dismiss it, cyber attacks may be the biggest threat to our safety and way of life.

In fact, the recent ransomware attack has infected tens of thousands of computers in nearly 100 countries so far. Ransomware is ...

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The business of BIG DATA

Every time you use your smartphone to Google something, every time you tag your location on social media, and definitely every time you buy something online, companies are collecting your data. In fact, most major retail brands, companies, and online sites that sell products or services are carefully “mining” your sensitive personal and financial data, reselling it to third-party data collection companies who then analyze, ...

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Cyber attacks on JPMorgan Chase compromise financial data of 83 million consumers.

Last August, sophisticated computer hackers breached the networks of banking giant JP Morgan Chase and other banks, stealing sensitive data. It’s estimated that the financial records of up to 83 million households and businesses were compromised, approximately 2/3 of their client base. In what’s been called a coordinated cyber attack, the hackers stole at least a gigabyte of sensitive information including customer data. The ensuing U.S. investigation reports that it was an attack by the Russian government and possibly other Eastern ...
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