The personal information of up to 143 million U.S. consumers has been accessed in a “cybersecurity incident” at Equifax, one of the three major credit bureaus that monitor payments activity and other factors to determine your credit score. The company announced the attack in a press release Thursday.
The attacks began in mid-May and continued through July. The information leaked includes names, Social Security numbers, birthdays and addresses — but in rarer cases, hackers were also able to unearth driver’s license and credit card numbers.
Equifax says it will notify affected people via direct mail, and the company has created a dedicated website — equifaxsecurity2017.com — for consumers looking to see if their personal details were leaked. The company has also set up a call center to handle inquiries, which you can reach at 866-447-7559.
Finally, the company says it is offering one free year of complimentary credit monitoring and identify theft monitoring, the latter of which includes a feature that scans the internet for any appearance of your Social Security number.
If you’re worried about your personal information, you can always ask credit bureaus to set up a security freeze. That will prevent anyone who was able to get their hands on your information from actually being able to open up new lines of credit in your name.
Click here to find out if you have personally been affected.
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