On heels of Equifax breach, Dems

On heels of Equifax breach, Dems

The Equifax data breach that exposed the personal data on 143 million USA consumers has led to questions about the credit reporting company's response to the security incident.

Information obtained in the hack includes names, social security numbers, addresses, birthdates and some driver's license numbers.

The massive data breach had exposed valuable information to hackers between mid-May and July and sent Equifax shares tumbling, the company said last week. The Senator also called out several of "Equifax's post-breach actions", including poor site management of the breach notification portal, weak user PINs for credit freezes, and confusing notification to consumers who just wanted to know if they were hit.

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge also released a statement Wednesday encouraging Arkansans to call her office if they feel their information is being used.

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Equifax has set up a dedicated website and telephone number - 866-447-7559 - to check if you are among the hacked and sign up for free credit monitoring.

- Contact one of the three credit reporting bureaus to notify them that you may be a victim of identity theft and would like to place a fraud alert on your credit.

"The depth and breadth of the Equifax data breach is alarming", said Rothman.

Rutledge said this could be the largest breach involving social security numbers in history. Hutchinson said he recommends placing a freeze on your credit to avoid scammers opening up new cards.

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Lauck said you might not get much out of suing individually. Accounts or activity that you don't recognize could indicate identity theft. Here's how you can protect yourself by initiating a credit freeze.

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"No one other than the list you have authorized is allowed to look at your credit report or open a new account in your name", says Cronin. Such action makes it more hard for someone to open a new account in your name.

The first thing you should consider in the wake of the nation's most recent data breach is freezing your credit. If in doubt, contact the bank or business directly at a phone number or website known to you.

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Experts say you need to begin protecting your financial information if you are one of those affected.

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